NBC: 'Deception' Is Certain To Be Canceled

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

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March 26th, 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 24, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Do No Harm* canceled 0.50
Smash canceled 0.64
Animal Practice* canceled 0.66
The New Normal :oops: 0.75
1600 Penn :oops: 0.77
Guys With Kids* :oops: 0.81
Go On :| :| :| 0.90
Whitney :| :| :| 0.90
Deception* :oops: 0.92
Community :| :| :| 0.92
30 Rock* final season complete 0.93
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.02
Parenthood* :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.08
Parks & Recreation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.17
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.22
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.43
The Office final season 1.46
Up All Night :oops: pending
Revolution :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: pending

As the cancellation bear hides from predicting the renewal of any NBC sitcom save Parks & Recreation until the last possible moment, he's happy to headline the fact that Deception is certain to be canceled. That hadn't made the headline earlier. Now it has.

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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.

  • Tommy M.


    I say run 2 sitcoms on Sat 9-10 leading into SNL reruns. They can even expand to 8-10 by using OTR & another rerun.

    NBC has enough low rated scripted shows, they’d be crazy to start programming scripted originals on Saturdays. They aren’t a charity after all…lol

  • cadburyeasteregg

    I’d only accept Deception back if Larroquette became the lead and they got rid of his character’s cancer and baby daddy plots and just dropped Mia entirely. I wish it would have focused more on Robert and Haverstock’s rivalry (and their possible unresolved sexual tension).

  • Jazz

    I am liking the hash brown idea. I think I might add some hot sauce and make it crazy.
    I don’t know how a struggling network can justify renewing a consistently low-rated show. It does appear to have an audience but unless they try it as a summer show or maybe another network I don’t know how they can say “hey, we want to renew a drama with 1.2 ratings.” I loved it. It wasn’t good but I loved it and would love to see it somewhere next year, but I don’t think that will happen.

  • Tommy Mickens

    As the Cancellation Bear hides from predicting the renewal of any NBC sitcom save Parks & Recreation until the last possible moment,

    Wha? But aren’t you predicting THREE to be cancelled as we speak? (The New Normal, 1600 Penn and Guys With Kids)

    If you’re hiding from predicting on them at the moment then shouldn’t they all be on the bubble, or at least only “likely” to be cancelled?

    Don’t get me wrong, I agree with the predictions except for The New Normal. It’s just that how can you say you’re hiding from predicting on them while you’ve already predicted on them?

    (At its current ratings, I do agree about The New Normal, but I think it’s still scheduled to finish its run in the hour after The Voice which may, and probably will, raise its levels up to at least only “likely” to be cancelled if not all the way up to the bubble…add that to the fact that NBC seems to like the show and want it to last – such as letting it finish its run after The Voice – and while it still may be cancelled, I see it as definitely not “certain” to be cancelled at this point)

  • Justin121

    Voice – new drama

    Voice – new drama – Parenthood*

    Parks, Community – Chicago Fire – new drama

    Guys w Kids, new comedy – Whitney, new comedy – SVU

    *Revolution at midseason.

  • Tyler

    8 The Voice
    10 NEW DRAMA

    8 The Voice (results)
    9 Revolution
    10 Parenthood

    8 Community
    830 Parks & Rec
    10 Law & Order: SVU

    9 NEW COMEDY (Michael J. Fox)
    930 Go On
    10 Chicago Fire

    9 Grimm
    10 News stuff

  • Katie

    I really don’t understand why some people say Deception is terrible. I know some only watched one episode and thought it was too slow and didn’t watch again. You can’t always judge shows by one episode. It’s gotten better and better. The acting is fantastic and it’s a great mystery show that keeps you guessing. Way better than some shows on tv that keep getting renewed with low ratings. If they were going to cancel it then they should have canceled it before the people watching it watched it all the way to the end and were left hanging.

  • yusei fudo

    Why doen’t NBC just try one night of sitcoms???

  • Altair

    Revolution still has time to grow. And a 2.7 last night ain’t bad at all. Good luck to them.

    I think Go On and TNN will be saved at the last minute, and probably re-tooled for next season…

  • jen

    Mon: The Voice, Revolution
    Tues.: The Voice, Brenda Forever or Assistance, Parks and Recd, Parenthood
    Wed.: L&O :SUV, Blacklist, Chicago Fire
    Thurs.: Happiness, Joe Joe and Jane, MJF, Welcome to the Family, Afterhours
    Fri.: Wonderland, Grimm, Sixth Gun

  • Bern

    Deception needs a renewal or at least it can be a summer show. Good TV show.

  • DanOregon

    I’ve been surprised how NBC is basically giving away Sundays, one of the big viewing nights of the week with two hours of Dateline and two hours of the apprentice. It was bad enough that they threw on re-runs of SNL specials for weeks.

  • Jenny G

    How exactly did NBC piggy back off Scandal’s success with Deception? Having an African-American female lead was the ONLY similarity. I fully enjoyed Deception, thought there were several good characters and love Tate Donovan!

    It’s official, Days of Our Lives is the only show airing on NBC that my family or I watch. Sad…I pine for the days of Seinfeld.

  • Spencer

    Any news on Up All Night? I know it’s going to be cancelled…but why is NBC waiting to ‘officially’ announce it?

  • Moon

    What NBC should do:

    8:00 – The Voice
    10:00 – Rand Ravich Project (13-20 episodes)

    8:00 – The Voice
    9:00 – Parenthood (15 episodes) / The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (13 episodes)
    10:00 – Revolution (22 episodes)

    8:00 – Parks & Recreation (24 episodes)
    8:30 – Assistance (13-22 episodes)
    9:00 – Chicago Fire (24 episodes)
    10:00 – After Hours (13-22 episodes)

    8:00 – Community (13 episodes)
    8:30 – Welcome to the Family (13-22 episodes)
    9:00 – Go On (22 episodes)
    9:30 – Happiness (13-22 episodes)
    10:00 – Law & Order: SVU (24 episodes)

    8:00 – Dateline
    9:00 – Grimm (22 episodes)
    10:00 – Dracula (13 episodes) / Hannibal (13 episodes)

  • Justin121

    I don’t think Deception is a “certain” cancellation.

    I’d give it a 30% chance of renewal.

    It does better than: Community, Whitney, Go On, The New Normal, 1600 Penn, Smash, Do No Harm… (all sitcoms other than Parks + Smash).

    NBC needs some plugging when The Voice + Revolution take a 4-month hiatus again.

    Or, there’s summer…

  • illacquiredtaste

    I think everything from Deception on down should be cancelled. NBC needs to seriously rework their schedule and make better decisions as far as programming and air times. Parks and Recreation and Revolution are two of the best things they have going for them, and they shuffle them around like it’s no big deal. Get with the program, NBC!

  • diane

    NBC I rather watch Deception that has substance for a love/msytery than your stale old SVU show. Grimm is for your men audience and Parenthood for families…What is wrong with networks not giving shows a chance to build their audiences anymore??? Instant success of success does not happen overnight. Look at Scandal it was so so in the first season and it got renewed and tons of other shows were in the same scenario. Networks need to listen to what the audience likes and Nielsen families ratings do not represent me and I feel given this digital age its not an accurate reading anymore.

  • Kitty

    Deception is a great show. What is wrong with the network executives? ARe they pandering to the mexicans that don’t understand english so that they’ll watch the no-brain stupid shows? Well, WE AMERICANS LIKE DECEPTION! Does being an actual American count for anything????

  • Kitty

    Everytime there’s a good show, the networks cancel it. It’s like the network doesn’t have a clue about what makes a good show! Stop pandering to the stupid and the mexicans. Can some actual Americans watch a show that’s interesting for once????

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