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.

  • hawaiimama03

    PLEEEEASE don’t cancel “GUYS WITH KIDS”….hubby and I love it!! 90% has happened in our house or with friends! Hilarious!!:)

  • Anthony

    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-

    In it’s second episode ONLY 2.21 million TOTAL viewers watched with a demo of .7 (meaning only about 1.3 million people were outside the demo). That’s incredibly poorly rated no matter how you look at it (unlike Harry’s Law last year which had ~8 million viewers and a .8 in demo).

  • Karey

    “I just found out bout this show when Ms. Phylicia Rashad was on Steve Harvey talking bout it. What time does it come on, I grew up watching Ms. Rashad on The Cosby Show and I’m glad she’s back on t.v.”

    If I had known Phylicia on it I might have tried to catch it. But I didn’t see her in any of the advertising. I’m not a TV watcher because everything I see is the same old generic faces over and over again.

    I like Deception but it’s not very well written. There are just too many things they could do with the storyline that would have made it so much better but they missed the mark several times. I do hope it continues only because the lead is worth watching for me. If they cancel it I’ll have to go back to written novels again.

  • Jade

    Matthew Perry can’t carry a series to save his life. When will networks realize this? He’s better suited in an ensemble cast because he was great on The Good Wife.

  • steve

    NBC must totally miss the ratings of Harry’s Law….2nd biggest watched show NBC had on it’s lineup last season……who cares about the 18-49 demo. NBC has nothing worthwhile now except maybe Grimm, Community, Parks & Rec and The New Normal. With both 30 Rock and Office leaving this season (along with probably Trump’s Apprentice) NBC won’t have much luck getting new hits.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “NBC must totally miss the ratings of Harry’s Law”

    No, they don’t.

    “who cares about the 18-49 demo.”

    The advertisers, the one’s who write the checks to NBC.

  • steve


    Parks & Recreation
    The New Normal
    Go On
    Chicago Fire
    Law & Order SVU


    Up All Night
    1600 Penn
    Guys With Kids

  • steve

    @ Bill Gorman:

    Name one new NBC show that has more viewers than Harry’s Law.
    I bet you can’t!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@ Bill Gorman:

    Name one new NBC show that has more viewers than Harry’s Law.
    I bet you can’t!”

    Still whining about irrelevant total viewership? May I suggest the TV Fan Five Stages Of Grief?

  • steve

    @ Bill Gorman:
    I knew you couldn’t!

    Harry’s Law could have remained on NBC’s schedule on Friday Nights after Grimm.





    1. “Sunday Night Football,” 20.74 million* (1st)
    2. “The Voice” (15.77 million, 9th)
    3. “The Voice” results show (10.92 million, 35th)
    4. “Smash” (8.94 million, 51st)
    5. “Harry’s Law (8.92 million, 52nd)

  • tv#1

    A possible Fall 2013 NBC schedule could be…

    The Voice

    The Voice Results
    *Untitled Craig Robinson Project*
    Go On
    Chicago Fire

    *Untitled Hatfields and McCoys Project*

    *Roseanne Barr Comedy*
    *Girlfriend in a Coma*

    Parks and Rec


    Law and Order:SVU can be saved for Mid-Season along with a few other new dramas and comedies.

  • chrisss

    Here’s what I would do next season…

    The Voice/ New Drama

    The Voice/ New Comedy/ New Comedy/ Parenthood

    Revolution/ New Drama/ Chicago Fire

    Community/ Parks & Rec/ MJF/ New Comedy/ SVU

    Rock Center/ Dateline/ Grimm

  • Nicole

    Happy to see Parenthoods certain to be renewed.. but any chance of an early renewal since it ended so quick this season. At least greenlight it so they can start working and we get some hope. Thats the only show on NBC i watch though so i have nothing to say about any other ones. i love parenthood though.

  • Zachary

    As far as next year’s schedule goes, About a Boy is a lock for a pickup. NBC is in love with David Walton, Jon Favreau’s directing, and everyone loves Katmis’s script.

  • were123

    well The Voice has more viewership than Harry’s Law, so there’s one

  • Patrick G.

    Why is “SMASH” missing from the NBC listings? It’s aired 2 episodes now, albeit with dismal ratings. Shouldn’t it be in the NBC grid?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Why is “SMASH” missing from the NBC listings? It’s aired 2 episodes now, albeit with dismal ratings. Shouldn’t it be in the NBC grid?”

    Not on our planet.

    Smash aired a 2 hr premiere on the evening of Feb 5.

    This was posted the morning of Feb 5, using ratings through Feb 3 as noted.

  • blackrock1969

    Suggested fall lineup:

    8:00 The Voice
    10:00 After Hours (new)

    8:00 The Voice results
    9:00 Happiness (new)
    9:30 Joe & Joe & Jane (new)
    10:00 Parenthood

    8:00 Untitled Rand Ravich (new)
    9:00 Law & Order: SVU
    10:00 Chicago Fire

    8:00 Community
    8:30 Parks and Recreation
    9:00 MJF (new)
    9:30 Go On
    10:00 Revolution

    8:00 Grimm
    9:00 The Sixth Gun (new)
    10:00 Dateline NBC

    Sun (midseason)
    7:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
    8:00 The Biggest Loser/Celebrity Apprentice
    10:00 Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (new)

    Midseason: The New Normal

  • Laie

    The New Normal will be renewed just because of its producer (Ryan Murphy), even if it’s for a short season. But one thing is true: Murphy needs to rethink the plots. With less than half the time on screen, Mitch and Cam are way funnier on Modern Family as part of an ensemble cast, than Bryan and David with their own 20-min show. In other words, The New Normal is a great idea, but it’s on the verge of falling abruptly if the plots are not re-directed to something more funny and less preachy.

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