NBC Renew/Cancel Wrap: 'Smash,' 'Go On,' 'The New Normal,' 'Whitney,' 'Guys With Kids' Canceled; 'Community,' 'Parks & Recreation' Renewed

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

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May 14th, 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- May 12, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Up All Night canceled  
Do No Harm* canceled 0.50
Smash canceled 0.63
Animal Practice* canceled 0.66
1600 Penn* canceled 0.74
The New Normal* canceled 0.81
Guys With Kids* canceled 0.81
Community renewed 0.85
Whitney* canceled 0.86
Go On* canceled 0.90
Hannibal ? 0.91
Deception* canceled 0.91
30 Rock* final season complete 0.93
Grimm (F) renewed 1.05
Parenthood* renewed 1.08
Parks & Recreation* renewed 1.11
Law & Order: SVU  renewed 1.19
Chicago Fire renewed 1.31
The Office final season 1.38
Revolution renewed 1.47

The cancellation bear went 15-2 on his NBC predictions for the 2012-13 season. (vs. 20-0 in the 2011-12 season)

His Hannibal cancellation prediction is still hanging in the balance as NBC makes up its mind.

The bear's two NBC misses were exactly where he feared they'd be, in the marginal sitcoms. He figured that one or two  of CommunityWhitney and Go On would be renewed, but predicted them all marginally towards renewal. In the end, only Community survived (along, of course, with Parks & Recreation) among NBC sitcoms.

With that the cancellation bear bids the 2012-13 season adieu and begins his summer hibernation. The bear and his Renew/Cancel Index posts will return in September. Happy Summer!

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.

  • TV Viewer


    It’s even more funny that NBC cut short their broadcasting of closing cermonies of the Summer Olympics to show the first episode of Animal Practice and that was one of the first programs from any network to be cancelled.

  • Potato

    @Robert Ford– Pierce was great, but Chevy was really bringing down the show. He was such an unreliable actor (as in when he’d show up) that most of his scenes had him just stuck in one room, giving a lot of episodes this year a stagnant feeling. (the thanksgiving one, where half the cast is stranded in a garage for no good reason, is a good example.) I’ll miss his character but hopefully without Chase the show will be able to be a little more open.

  • Ali

    So 2 dramas survived (possibly 3 if they renew Hannibal, pretty please!). I dont that’s bad at all.

  • sitcomlover

    Seeing all the numbers again is pretty sobering. Guess I should be glad that Community got at least 13 episodes. It’s by far and away my favorite show of the past 15 years. With 30 Rock now gone, I’d guess Parks & Rec is #3, Modern Family #2 on my list. (currently) It’ll be interesting to see how Pierce is replaced or not replaced.(just forgotten, I mean). I don’t know if 13 shows is enough to really develop anything, but I wish that more fans were open minded. A lot of em have that Dan Harmon can never be replaced mentality. Maybe so, but let’s not compare everythong to the past.
    Go Community! Everyone, have a good summer!

  • Tom Shaw

    Kind of a weird case this year: Total Pilot Success led to more cancellations than usual.

    If all the existing comedies are going to be used for is essentially spackle, then only renewing those shows with syndicated backend makes sense.

    The problem, again, is that we don’t know how the comedy pilots will come out ahead of time.

  • D.S.K.

    Please Keep Hannibal !!! , well written, on later (so not to early for kids ) and darn fine writing, character plots and Great Actors and Actress’s T.Harris would be proud (I Think ) Only NBC show I watch other than Sports

  • THE cancellation Bear!

    RRROOOAAARRR!!!! I predicted, and I was right! I ate my young, and now, its time to hibernate, til Sept! Good night, all!

  • V

    It was no surprise, they need to shake things up instead of keeping terrible rated shows, no buzz, nothing.

  • Tyson

    Have a Happy Summer, Cancellation Bear.

  • sofaspud

    Hannibal is cooked.

  • Al

    Why not do us all a favor and cancel (The Voice), the stupid ” so called reality shows” Put some of the shows you have at 10 – 11 PM on instead.
    Would also be nice if you could convince your sponsors that most Adults do not like kids doing commercials, particularly on adult products.

  • The End

    @Why not do us all a favor and cancel (The Voice)

    Sorry buddy, you don’t speak for everyone.

  • andri

    Green blindfold with hibernating visual tells it all!!

  • Pj

    I swear the people who decide which shows get the ax or not are likened to a group of Narcoleptic Chimps wielding firecrackers and crayons! Cancelling Smash, The New Normal, 1600 Penn and hopefully NOT Hannibal were horrid mistakes. Those shows were entertaining & fantastic. The Voice however just sux. All those reality shows suck and the execs and producers can lick asphalt for cramming that dung down the viewers throats. I s’pose the viewers only ‘power’ we can control is to stop supporting the advertisers and not buy their products. Maybe then, the network will get the proverbial light bulb and realize that their past decisions on axing many excellent shows of recent and seasons pasts were bad choices on their parts.

  • Stuart Pitt

    @Mary, of course Hannibal is cancelled. They still have 6 episodes to air in the season (the series finale will be June 20) and they want to get the best ratings possible. They would have announced the renewal if they had plans to do so.

  • BigBrotherFan

    NBC please cancel that flop Hannibal NOBODY is watching it and you canceled Deception (with a way better looking cast and a up and coming lead!). Hannibal has zero buzz! It almost NEVER trending on Twitter and has a no name ugly lead actor in the role. Time to go. Free Fishbourne up for better things and let Dancy go back to being the 5th or 6th billed in English period piece movies or let Danes continue to be the breadwinner of that family LOL so pathetic.

    On a side node: Gillian Anderson is looking mighty hot for an old chick! :)

    I’ll miss Whitney only because she’s virtually one of the very few women who are hot and funny (Sofia Modern Family is HOT but Zoe from New Girl is weird looking!). Sadly we live in a world where Lena Dunham shows get new seasons

    GWK and Go On hm. I can live without ’em even though I watched ’em.

    The New Normal THANK GOD! Nice blow to that idiot Ryan Murphy’s ego! YOUR SHOW WAS WAY TO PREACHY AND YOU ARE SO ANNOYING!

    1600 Penn one of the worst comedies in recent memory BUH BYE Jenna Elfman is hot though NO FIRST LADY is that hot!

    Deception I’ll miss you. You where that perfect show to watch to help me groove into bed and fall asleep yet you kept me up for the full hour. I also looked forward to catching up on this show on my Iphone on the treadmill every Tuesday. Oh, well.

    Animal Practice still gives me nightmares…Imagine being stuck in a room with nothing but this pile of turd to entertain you. This actor deserves so much better!

    Do No harm what a FLOP just like Hannibal but Hannibal gets a pass because of it’s creator. only REASON it’s getting all those episodes aired.

    SMASH was garbage and should of never been renewed last season..EW Agelica Huston is beyond UGLY now! What happened to her? she looks like a 60-year-old man in drag!

    I’M GOING TO WATCH REVOLUTION over the summer because Kim Raver is in it and I sell my left nut for one night with her even if she is like 20-years older than me. lol

  • BigBrotherFan

    Stuart Pitt

    Don’t bother. The Hannibal fans are clearly delusional soon they will bring out the “It’s internationally financed” card!

    …Like that worked well for 666 Park Ave.

  • Saba

    I am going to need pics of the cancellation bear walking back to his den.

  • bluegrassbetty

    I love Revolution but there is nothing else I watch on NBC, totally pathetic.

  • Jacob

    NBC shows do good with The Voice and then tank after. They need to fix this problem. Normally the cancellation line is at .75 for about every network NBC’s expectations I guess are higher.

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