NBC: 'Ironside' Is Certain To Be Canceled

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

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October 15th, 2013

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2013-14 season in May, 2014. (includes results from September 16-October 13, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Welcome To The Family :oops: (canceled 10/18) 0.53
Sean Saves The World :oops: 0.67
Ironside :oops: (canceled 10/18) 0.67
Parks & Recreation :| :| :| 0.69
Parenthood :| :| :| 0.80
Revolution :| :| :| 0.91
The Michael J. Fox Show :| :| :| 0.94
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.17
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.37
The Blacklist :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.89
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

The cancellation bear would like to thank NBC for not making any announcements about Ironside in the past week. That gave him time to put the show in this week's headline.

Now, if they can hold off any announcements about Sean Saves The World for another week, the bear will be even more thankful.

The bear's moved The Michael J Fox Show down to a "toss up", as was Parks & Recreation. They might stay that way until the bear sees the other sitcoms still to come this season for NBC.

The bear's biding his time making a call on Revolution, at current relative ratings levels it could go either way, particularly considering the relative success of NBC dramas vs. their total sitcom failure. Bubble Watch likes to make calls early (and has only one headline to create each week). The cancellation bear knows that this prediction race is a marathon, not a sprint, and he's got 30 more weeks (and 150 headlines, god help the bear) to go!

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. 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.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2014
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2014
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2014
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2014
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2014

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 (ex. 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 have the Renew / Cancel Index Worked Out In Past Seasons? See all the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from recent past television seasons.

  • Mark

    I like Blair. I gave it 2 weeks. But I could not hang in there.

  • Hardline_Pro

    Poor Blair, when is he going to learn not to accept roles for pilots on NBC? First The Event, now Ironside?!

  • DM

    Welcome to the Family has not been cancelled yet? Has it? Whoever has >96 hours in the poll is the winner!

  • EatMorePez

    I can’t believe Welcome to the Family is still on the schedule for this Thursday. NBC has all but given up.

  • Jonay

    Why didn’t NBC premiere Ironside or 2 sitcoms after the AGT finale? dumb move!

  • gerry

    nbc went through all the hassle of ‘their new thursday’ so i guess they are hoping for a miracle in not pulling wttf already? i can’t see this show getting any more eyeballs than it already has…

  • Mitchell

    I’m pretty sure NBC is giving up on Thursdays this fall. What else can they put there? I’d just quarantine all the garbage and focus on Monday to Wednesday.

  • Shepherd

    About what I expected, but I’d say MJF is also likely to be cancelled.

    I had 96+ hours in the poll, I didn’t expect them to cancel WTTF last Friday, and there was no way they’d make the announcement on a Monday. NBC is in a very sticky situation, and they needed time to weigh their options. Plus, the rumor mill says that Community isn’t even ready to go yet.

  • k:Alex

    Umm, I think the bear don’t like wheelchairs, because it’s almost Wednesday and NBC did nothing.

  • AdamP

    NBC is singling out Thursday and focusing on their dramas now that CBS’ new lineup has destroyed theirs. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Sean Saves the World got a “Guys with Kids” order (partial full season, 17 episodes)

    Most likely to be NBC’s first cancellation I think is Ironside

  • AlanHalliwell

    Seriously though Parks and Recs to go From top rated Comedie to a 0.69 is sad They should take it away from 8pm ASAP

  • Dan S

    I have a suggestion for scheduling. Move the NBC comedies to Wed starting with Community. At 8:30 P&R at 9pm About a Boy, 9:30 MJF & Parenthood at 10pm. On Thur start with Sean then Undateable at 9pm SVU & at 10 Revolution.

  • Mitchell


    It was tied for the highest rated comedy on NBC last week! A very dubious honour to be sure, but we’ll see how it looks come Spring.


    All I care about are Revolution and Grimm getting renewed.

  • Parker Wyeth

    We recorded all the episodes so far. We’ve watched about 15 minutes of E1. Don’t know when if ever we’ll watch the others. I seem to be doing a h@ll of a lot of channel surfing.

  • Brent

    Ironside is actually a good show, but everyone is so quick out of the gate.. It has to draw an audience. People don’t remember the original Ironside, im in my 40’s and I never saw it.

    We get so obsessed about what gets cancelled next, but lets give it more of a chance. I really think NBC messed up when it got rid of Hero’s a long time ago…and has not recovered since. If NBC was smart they would spin off on there comedies…Why not bring a spinoff from Cheers, or Cosby show. It’s starting to make some headway in the drama department so lets not kill of Ironside so quickly.


    Well I’m The Biggest Loser predicting 6-11 hrs for WTTF to be in the bear’s jaws

    But I so agree with the take so far

  • Dan

    Besides The Voice, Blacklist & Chicago Fire NBC is in real trouble so any other shows are either bubble or dead. Grimm and SVU are safe for next season.

    Revolution, Parenthood, MJF Show and Parks could go either way at this point.

    Ironside, Welcome to the Family, and Sean Saves the World are all dead but the order and method in which they are cancelled are probably this

    Welcome to the Family will be pulled after next weeks airing

    Ironside will air all 13 episodes but will then be replaced

    Sean Saves the World will probably get additional episodes to bridge the gap and pair with Undateable but after that its cancelled.

  • Caitlyn

    The gap between The Blacklist and Chicago Fire is insane. I bet NBC is patting themselves on the back right now. They have a real scripted hit that has more or less stabilized.

  • Stephen

    It is amazing that NBC so far has not made any changes to Thursday. Assuming NBC decides to renew any sitcoms this season P&R and MJF are contenders – WTTF & SSTW are definitely not. Parenthood probably not getting renewed it has enough for syndication and apparently has been an expensive show to make from what I understand so while some kind of deal could happen I doubt it at this point.

    Revolution does have the ratings right now for renewal and it is improving the timeslot it’s in so it does have things in its favor. Not sure how costly the show is to make and if it’s renewed for 3rd season they are basically stuck with it for a 4th so that may work against it. If NBC scales back on comedy next year though then it should tip the scales in its favor.

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