NBC: 'Do No Harm' Is Certain To Be Canceled, Of Course

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

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February 5th, 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- February 3, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Do No Harm :oops: (canceled 2/8) 0.55
Animal Practice* canceled 0.66
The New Normal :cry: :cry: 0.76
1600 Penn :cry: :cry: 0.84
Guys With Kids :cry: :cry: 0.84
Go On :| :| :| 0.89
Deception :cry: :cry: 0.89
Whitney :| :| :| 0.92
30 Rock* final season complete 0.93
Parks & Recreation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Parenthood :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.22
The Office final season 1.29
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.37
Up All Night :cry: :cry: pending
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: pending
Revolution :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: pending

2/8 Update: To no one's surprise, Do No Harm was canceled.
While it's blindingly obvious that Do No Harm is certain to be canceled after the lowest premiere rating in history for any scripted show on the big 4 broadcast networks, the SEO gods demand I get the name into a headline before NBC yanks it from the schedule.

The gods now satisfied, I can turn to NBC's sitcom mess full time next week.

I was going to hold off on a wholesale revisiting of NBC sitcom predictions until after Community premiered this week, but their continuing ratings free fall has caused me to move up my timeline. While future ratings are guaranteed to move these predictions around further, I decided to move a few predictions this week. The collapse of The New Normal ratings have dropped its prediction to likely to be canceled. Similarly, the collapse of Go On ratings have it downgraded to a "toss up" for renewal or cancellation. Could The Voice return in March and buoy both enough to save them? Perhaps, but I'll move my predictions up if it does.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. This season you can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.

*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.

  • Ted Craig

    Do No Harm is typical of the kind of stupid decisions TV execs make today. How was this show going to air 22 times on broadcast TV, year after year. What was going to happen every week? It didn’t have the sex and violence available on cable for people to over look the weaknesses. Of course, if you want to put cable shows on broadcast TV, expect cable ratings.

  • psychic

    Praise the gods. May they be ever merciful on the lowly Mentalist.

  • Wright

    I actually thought Do No Harm wasn’t that bad. The only other shows I watch on this network are Grimm and Revolution.

  • Mary Ann

    “Of course, if you want to put cable shows on broadcast TV, expect cable ratings.”

    Tell that to “The Following.”

    Actually, I really think they should let “Do No Harm” ride a few episodes, maybe on Saturday nights. Or at least put in on line or on demand so those of us who really want to see more of it can see the rest of the episodes they shot. I would be a lot more willing to invest in a new show if I knew that I would be able to see all the episodes, even if it wasn’t on broadcast tv.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Go On
    Chicago Fire

    And cancel the rest. NBC’s got 5 dramas with decent-to-good ratings next season, so they should leave them be and focus on rebuilding their comedy lineup. They’ll have 2 returning veterans (Parks and Community) and one returning freshman (Go On) to help usher in a new crop of comedies.

  • SMG4E

    Deception is a refreshing new show. It’s got a great mystery, thrilling plot twists, and interesting side stories. If you haven’t tuned in to it, PLEASE just give it a chance. I recommend watching it from the beginning because it’s a serialized drama, which you can do by just going to NBC.com. Deception deserves a renewal & it’s not too late to give it the ratings it deserves!

  • Azzman

    A shame–I actually like the show…Where was it gonna go in future seasons? Who knows–you can say that about ALL these flashy, so-called high concept shows..If tv could get away with making weekly mini-series, a whole lot of these shows would make more sense and get more ratings/viewers..Take a show like The Killing–2 seasons to solve one murder?! People aren’t going to give most shows that kind of time to develop…I hope The Following gets a chance to ride it out!

  • Oliver

    Nice to see The Office/Parks/30R as the top 3 comedies. I hope Community returns in the top 4 so the veteran lineup ends the season as the network’s top comedies.

  • MichaelChickless

    Cancel Do No Harm, The New Normal, 1600 Penn, Up All Night, and Deception. Renew the rest (including Community).

  • Brian J

    Yeah, this is probably right. Although, just to speculate…

    Let’s say the ratings somehow go up this week, perhaps to a 1.1. Does that give NBC more of a reason to let the show at least finish its initial run? I think it might.

    Also, how much has already been budgeted to advertise? If there’s no way for NBC to recoup or cancel this cost, then perhaps the show will go up a little. (I have no idea how this expensing works, so this might be a silly question.)

    And if it did go up, does NBC renew it? I doubt it, unless it were to somehow edge up to a 2.0 as the season passes.

    I guess the better question is, what does NBC replace it with?

  • glover

    I love that The New Normal is dead. Horrible show. Do No Harm and Deception sucks too.

  • Fake Me Out

    Article @ TVGuide suggests Parenthood costs may become a problem … I like their solution, “… a budget-related family tragedy that thins the herd.”

    fyi & ymmv

    @Bill, would shows propped up by The Voice that have shown they can’t stand on their own two feet be a wise renewal choice for NBC? Wouldn’t it be better to cut ’em and find new shows that truly benefit from the larger sampling provided by The Voice and become hits in their own right?

  • Oliver

    @Brian J

    NBC can replace it with Rock Center, which lacks a post-March timeslot.

  • Nevid


    Do No Harm
    Guys With Kids
    Up All Night
    1600 Penn
    The New Normal

  • gerry

    i’d really come to like TNN. maybe the voice will save it if it keeps its timeslot, but probably it will just end up a meal for the CB.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@Bill, would shows propped up by The Voice that have shown they can’t stand on their own two feet be a wise renewal choice for NBC? Wouldn’t it be better to cut ‘em and find new shows that truly benefit from the larger sampling provided by The Voice and become hits in their own right?”

    Wisdom is in the eye of the beholder. I do not presume to say what they should do, only predict what they will do.

    My predictions are made based on the fact that networks simply do not act that way. They renew higher rated shows over lower rated shows, regardless of their “retention”. (Marc Berman’s endless ranting to the contrary).

  • PurpleDrasi

    @ FakeMeOut – In theory that would be the way to go. The problem is actually FINDING a show that will become a hit. Networks can’t predict the future (obviously, or they would all have hit shows.) So, do they take a chance and risk doing even worse or do they stick with something they know will at least do well behind a good lead-in?

  • Dude

    Deception deserves all of it’s episodes to air of course. It’s a great, serialized mystery with a great cast and good writing but it doesn’t deserve to be renewed. Once they solve Vivian’s death, what’s left? If it got renewed they’d either drag the death out another season or someone else would get murdered and they’d have to solve that too. I’d rather them just solve it in the finale and let that be it.

  • dan

    How can you cancel a show “Do No Harm” that has had only one showing for heavens sake and it was a great show! It makes me sick that these TV networks are so “stand in front of a microwave and say hurry” with the logic

  • gumboot

    Do No Harm really isn’t bad – nowhere near as awful as The Mob Doctor, for example.

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