NBC: 'Parks & Recreation' Now Certain To Be Renewed

Categories: Cancel/Renew Index,Cancel/Renew NBC Shows

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January 23rd, 2013

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts the network's decision on renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2012-13 season in May, 2013.  (includes results from December 31, 2012- January 20, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Animal Practice* canceled 0.66
The New Normal :| :| :| 0.77
30 Rock final season 0.80
1600 Penn :cry: :cry: 0.80
Guys With Kids :cry: :cry: 0.86
Go On :) :) :) :) 0.92
Whitney :| :| :| 0.92
Deception :cry: :cry: 1.03
Parenthood :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.05
Parks & Recreation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.09
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.23
The Office final season 1.23
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.32
Up All Night :cry: :cry: pending
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: pending
Revolution :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: pending

The ratings for most of NBC's sitcoms continue to plumb new lows. The cancellation bear is reluctant to try and catch a falling knife and make bold predictions about  most of them at this time since they're all putting in woeful ratings. The exception to that trend was the 2013 of Parks & Recreation which tied its season high last week. That, plus the plunge elsewhere moves its prediction up to "certain to be renewed".

After three episodes, Deception has already fallen to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating (although the third episodes ratings aren't in the average used in the table above yet). At that level it's likely to be canceled. It was in the headline last week though, so P&R gets the headline this week.

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*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index "frozen" at the point they left the schedule.

From now through the end of the broadcast season in May, the Renew/Cancel Index values will only be calculated using new episodes airing during 2013. However, until new episodes of a show air in 2013, I will keep the "old"  Fall predictions in the table.

Want to know what the NBC Renew/Cancel Index table looked like at the end of the Fall season? Click here.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2013
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2013
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2013
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2013
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2013

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show's new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It's calculated by dividing a show's new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show's own network. The network's average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ie. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How would the Renew / Cancel Index Have Done Predicting Last Season's Scripted Show Fates? Check out how the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from past television seasons.

  • Zachary

    NBC would be making a real mistake if they cancel 1600 Penn. I can not stop laughing when I watch it.

    I tried The New Normal, but it simply isn’t funny. I don’t care that it’s about gay people, although I would prefer if they don’t exaggerate the stereotypes so much, but I wish it was funny. And Georgia King makes Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep. She seriously is a horrible actor.

  • Michael

    I’m predicting…

    New Normal
    Guys with Kids
    Up All Night
    Community (I hate to see it go, but it has low ratings and cast members and writers/producers are quitting left and right)

    Go On (even if it stays this low, it’ll be renewed a’la Whitney last year)
    Parks and Recreation
    Parenthood (Not sure on this one but it seems like the NBC execs at TCA were happy with the ratings)

  • erin sullivan

    Am concerned that Grimm is still in limbo. It’s pretty inventive, and the special effects are awesome. Of course, NBC got rid of Harry’s Law after a brief remake and some other fine dramas; but they’re also bringing Smash back…TV would be grim without Grimm.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Am concerned that Grimm is still in limbo. It’s pretty inventive, and the special effects are awesome. Of course, NBC got rid of Harry’s Law after a brief remake and some other fine dramas; but they’re also bringing Smash back…TV would be grim without Grimm.”

    Do not be disheartened by what you read in the table about Grimm. The status of Grimm is not in limbo, it’s certain to be renewed as shown, but since it has aired no new episodes during 2013, its Renew/Cancel Index number is still “pending”.

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  • Joel

    Parks and Recreation and 1600 (or Go on, The New Normal) would be against TBBT and Two and a half. Thursday 9:00 should be a big drama like Revolution. Don’t put comedy on this time. And Please save Guys with Kids and Up All night (or new multi-cam family comedy) at 9:00 or 8:00 on Tuesday!@!

  • Dan

    @AIPod – While I agree In your guess that Parks and Rec, Go On, and New Normal being renewed and at the same time GWK, UAN, 1600 Penn and Whitney being axed, I disagree that NBC should keep Go on and The New Normal on Tuesdays.

    Since FOX will most definitely be airing New Girl Tuesdays at 9 as well as either a new comedy or Mindy Project at 9:30, NBC should air a new drama post Voice and use Go On and The New Normal, along with Parks and Rec to rebuild Fridays, as well as the new Michael J FOX comedy, here’s my reasoning. Assumming 1600 Penn and Community are axed as well as NBC’s multi camera comedies (Even if Whitney is renewed it will likely air Wednesdays at 8) here’s my guess for Thursdays.

    8:00 Parks and Recreation – NBC should use a familiar comedy to start the night with, but Parks has never led the night before. I believe Parks as likely the only veteran returning next season should inherit this slot and start the night off.

    8:30 The New Normal – I believe that this will be a good companion to Parks and a good bridge between 8 and 9.

    9:00 Go On – If NBC doesn’t give this former Office slot to Parks or the new Michael J FOX comedy than Go On would be a good show to use in The Office’s former slot as it is currently NBC’s highest rated comedy.

    9:30 Michael J FOX comedy – With 22 episodes already ordered, it would be a good new comedy to air at 9:30 in the former post Office slot.

    10:00 Parenthood or Grimm or Chicago Fire – Parenthood would work here because its an established comedy-drama and NBC may want to try something else Tuesdays at 10. Grimm or Chicago Fire would work here too. As long as NBC airs an established drama and not Rock Center they will probably do well in this slot.

    As far as comedy another night of the week, I can see if NBC returns Whitney, it could air at 8:00 Wed with a new multi cam comedy or Friday at 8. Well see. Anyway I don;t think Go On and The New Normal should stay on Tuesdays.

  • Jimmy James

    That is an awful line-up. These returning shows are not strong enough to help anything. Even Parks. They are better off starting fresh.

  • AiPod

    I see your point, @Dan. While I also thought of the P&R, GO and TNN line-up possibility, I am not sure it is powerful enough. Anyway, neither was their current Thursday line-up, so, you never know.

    @Jimmy “starting fresh” is exactly what they did this year, isn’t it? They are not going to axe all their freshman comedies at once. It would be like admitting that everything went wrong, but that’s not quite right. I don’t think NBC is ready to cancel neither Perry nor Murphy. Maybe after a second season if the ratings do not increase.

  • bruce

    I see New Normal, Whitney Go On and the show that makes old people look like they lost their medication Betty White off Rockers all being canceled

  • steve

    Only new show NBC has that is good is The New Normal.
    I bet they’re missing the ratings Harry’s Law got now! LOL

  • Hades

    I’ll go with

    Go On
    The New Normal
    Parks and Recs
    Chicago Fire

    Up All Night
    Guys With Kids
    Do No Harm

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