NBC: As NBC Sitcom Ratings Dive, They'll Still Have To Renew Some Of Them

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

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March 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- March 3, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Do No Harm* canceled 0.50
Animal Practice* canceled 0.66
Smash :oops: 0.67
The New Normal :oops: 0.77
1600 Penn :oops: 0.80
Guys With Kids :oops: 0.81
Whitney :| :| :| 0.88
Go On :| :| :| 0.90
Deception :cry: :cry: 0.91
Community :| :| :| 0.91
30 Rock* final season complete 0.93
Parenthood* :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.08
Parks & Recreation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.17
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.38
The Office final season 1.40
Up All Night :oops: pending
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: pending
Revolution :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: pending


The expression "Catch A Falling Knife" comes to mind when trying to figure out which of NBC's ratings diving sitcoms might survive the season (besides Parks & Recreation which will certainly be renewed).

If (and I think they will) renew more sitcoms than just Parks & Rec, they'll be choosing among shows that have all hit a 1.1 rating or less this season. Yikes. My best guess at this point is that one or more of Community, Go On and Whitney will be renewed, but that's as close as I'm getting to grabbing at the falling knives at this point.

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.

  • Simon

    Revolution and Grimm I see being renewed. Grimm does really well for NBC for Friday nights and Revolution is the only bright spot in a network filled with shows that started well but are plummeting.

    Here’s hoping that Revolution can break NBC’s long hiatus cures. From the spoilers released by Eric Kripke himself the show will become VASTLY different in the second half. He also said that they will reveal what caused the blackout in episode 1×13.

  • Bfleet

    Community will be at 84 episodes after this season. Is that close enough to void it from the ‘1 season away from syndication’ rule? Another short season of 13-16 episodes would put it at 97-100.

  • DW

    oh community is D.O.A. . the rating are not there and its just limping along through the network. its still enjoyable though.

  • Anna

    I actually hate the entire modern sitcom genre.

  • s0303

    i would renew parks n rec, community and maybe whitney…the rest of the comedies i would get rid of…have 3 new comedies next year, but overall, i would drastically cut the amount of comedies on nbc, they are the poorest performers for the network and are killing it…

  • Just Desserts

    Haha, The CW is now getting higher ratings than NBC!!! :)

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Renew Parks and Community for final seasons, and then begin fresh with all new comedies. A new comedic age has to start soon for NBC, they can’t keep holding onto crap ratings. So give those 2 mentioned shows a respectful sendoff and then begin anew. Sure, some new comedies will fail, but some will rise to the top.

  • Shepherd


    I actually hate the entire modern sitcom genre.

    LOL, ditto. :roll:

  • Paul

    Community is being renewed – even if only to be a midseason replacement again. It’s the only NBC sitcom that has a viable excuse – airing against TBBT.

    Community and Parks and Rec. at 8 and 8:30. NBC has to go with a risk. The Roseanne and John Goodman would have been that risk but they backed off. They need a monster show for Thursdays at 9pm. GO FOR IT NBC. Another new sitcom at 9:30pm.

    Go On and The New Normal will probably depend on how they do after The Voice in the Spring. Probably moved to Wednesday next year to die. Whitney gets renewed for midseason. Becomes the ugly step sister to Rules of Engagement and how they get treated.

  • Rebecca

    I’d like them to renew Community, Go On, Parks, GWK and 1600 Penn. If the latter two don’t do well next season they could be cancelled early. I watch Grimm, Revolution and TNN too, but of those three TNN could go away and I wouldn’t miss it.

  • James

    I’m guessing NBC will probably renew Community even if its just for a very short season since I think it will be at 84 eps after this season. If you renew Whitney, then you’re basically renewing it for 2 seasons, so I’m not sure about that one. I would like to see Go On renewed but it has fallen hard this season, maybe it will go back up some with the return of Voice.

  • Trevvy

    I echo the sentiments about the woeful state of sitcoms. If it weren’t for the relatively cheap costs, how refreshing it would be to see less and less of the dreck on the sked next season. Frankly, I can’t recall enjoying regularly (i.e.) weekly watching of any sitcom since early Golden Girls in the mid-80s. Today’s offerings are simply not funny or engaging (TBBT and TNN the possible exceptions). I can barely tolerate watching any of them, let alone care about the wooden, one-dimensional characters.

  • Kerry

    I don’t watch it anymore, but I think Go On will bounce back with The Voice and get renewed (maybe for a shortened season? It was their darling story in the fall, practically, so maybe they’ll just pair it with that only).

    Community has a shot, but the NBC brass realllllly don’t seem to like it, so that probably depends on how much Sony is willing to cut costs.

  • Lee

    I know this is a longshot- But renew Community and reinstate Dan Harmon as showrunner. Since Chevy Chase is thought to be leaving, it shouldn’t be an issue. The ratings may not be all there, but with the quality DH was putting out, they’d at least have a show to be proud of.

  • Cyrax86

    Don’t forget to freeze the index of Guys With Kids.

    Personally, my bet would be Whitney being the other renewed sitcom, plus Go On will probably get acceptable numbers in its final 4 airings so they’d choose that one over Community.

  • a p garcia

    I wouldn’t mind if none of them are renewed because none of them are worth watching!

  • Yessir

    Parks and Community will be renewed, probably for final seasons. Go On and TNN are also getting renewed. NBC loves these two shows and they’re doing everything they can to save these two. After all, thanks to these two comedies, NBC won last fall. Whitney may be getting renewed too.

    Guys with Kids, Up All Night, 1600 Penn are going bye-bye.

  • Chuck_T

    I think Go On will be renewed. I think they’ll give Matthew Perry another shot, but change its timeslot. Maybe team it up with the Michael J. Fox sitcom? Two 80’s-90’s sitcom stars back to back?

  • Oliver

    I think Go On will be renewed. NBC wouldn’t be airing it after The Voice again if they weren’t planning to renew it.

    I’d lean towards Community renewal too, purely down to the episode count for syndication. It has 84 episodes and another 13 gives it 97.

    No idea about Whitney.

  • Bob

    I hope by some miracle that they renew Guys with Kids! I hope that by having NBC own it and Jimmy Fallon that somehow they give it another season. I don’t understand why people don’t watch it. It is so funny.

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