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.

  • awesome-49

    Go On, Revolution, Grimm, Community, besides that screw the rest and even if community doesn’t get renewed I wont care as long as it has good ending.

  • Laie

    @Ultima: Probably, but at the same time nothing can guarantee NBC that a new gay-focused pilot/series could perform better than TNN. At least, the networks knows two things on the TNN side: 1) It works when The Voice is on; 2) It has almost a total retention from Go On. That’s hard to get these days, so it could be an indicator that either the shows currently have a bad lead-in, or that the day is wrong. Don’t you think so? After all, many, many shows switch days for their next season, so it wouldn’t surprise me if NBC gives a second chance to GO and TNN. At the same time, being honest with the numbers, it won’t surprise me if they decide not to.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Lets hope the BEAR has room for all these fine feasts

  • KJ Styles

    Do No Hatm will probably be burned off on Saturdays like they did with The Firm.

  • omabin

    Pulling for Community tonight… My guess is a 1.4 but more than that would be nice.

  • CookyMonzta

    If ‘Do No Harm’ draws HALF of what it drew last week, or less, this week’s episode will be its last, and cable will probably be very hesitant to pick up what remains of what they already recorded for this season.

  • PeterScott

    How does this stuff get made? How out of touch are TV execs?

    I saw a 30 second promo for this and knew it was DOA. How could they not see that?

  • Nick



    I knew the Cancellation Bear has a large appetite, but did not know that he eats whole biomes!

  • Jeff

    Community was quite good tonight. No guarantee it will do well in the ratings of course. Several references in tonight’s episode to its being the “final” year but that is not definitive.

  • Nick DeLuca

    Hey NBC – Harry’s Law ratings aren’t looking so bad right about now are they? Reap whatcha sew bitches!

  • Oliver

    @Nick DeLuca

    No, Harry’s Law ratings are still looking bad. It was getting Smash-esque ratings last season.

  • BxActor

    Oh yeah is done

  • Oliver

    Christina Applegate is leaving Up All Night. :lol:

  • Don

    I’m surprised Do No Harm hasn’t been canceled already.

  • Valcum

    See I just cant wait to see whitney go., Who are the fans

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgLzkjs43iQ&w=560&h=315

  • Michael

    Do No Harm has been on twice and is becoming interesting….give me a break…how can people decide to cancel after only one episode??? Oh, I forgot; the all-knowing, all-powerful 18-49 demographic isn’t impressed. Well, some of us who are 60+ like entertaining shows which don’t offend with blatant sexuality or so-called reality. You can take Honey Boo Boo, the talent shows, and the chef/food tasting debacles and shove them. I am cancelling my cable and just watching movies and pay-

  • Greg

    The Bear has struck!

  • Miranda

    Do No Harm is bad but Whitney should be renewed since it is in the toss up.

  • Thorn

    It’s been cancelled. No Whitney should not be renewed. The show is horrid, what made last season watchable was the supporting cast, this season they have all had lobotomies and it’s only Whitney and Chris breaking character to laugh at their own jokes.
    Animal Practice was cancelled with much the same ratings, makes me wonder who Whitney is doing at NBC to still be on the air and now to gain a second show.

  • dragonfoxmem

    Do Not Harm is now cancelled as predicted.

    Up All Night will be cancelled either before it airs or after first episode after back from hiatus…

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