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.

  • Caitlyn

    I think the most we can hope for, for Parks at this point is a 13 episode final season. It deserves a proper send off like 30 Rock and The Office.

  • TVDude

    I think Parks and Recreation will be back unless it falls way below the other Thursday comedies. NBC won’t want to miss the chance of a final season order. The same thing might apply to Community, but I’m not too sure yet. I see them moving Parks to its old slot once Community returns which might boost Parks some. We’ll see though.

    I think Parenthood’s fate will be much more clear in the spring. If NBC had to make a decision right now (and taking Hannibal’s renewal into account) I would say renewed. However, it all depends how things go over the season.

    Sean was a big disappointment for NBC, as it is in the spot once owned by The Office. I guess NBC was wrong when they said broad shows would win people over.

  • DenverDean

    If you throw out the unusually high rating for SVU’s season premier, it’s not in that great of shape. Still OK, but definitely slipping fast.

  • CBSviewer

    It was a stupid idea to make an Ironside remake. People who watched the original Show (between 1967 and 1975) are now over 50. Plus it has to face CSI and Nashville (two established Dramas).

  • CraveRecords

    Low ratings don’t always equal poor quality, but the three shows with one smiley face next to them are three of the worst shows I’ve seen this season. Ironside’s boring, but the comedies are embarrassingly bad.

  • Jerry

    Somehow NBC can no longer establish themselves on Thursdays, the fans for each and every time slot has almost been taken up by TBBT, Grey’s, Scandal and even Elementary, Glee, The X Factor etc

    Seems like only The Voice can do well for NBC Thursdays, and even then I suspect it will not dominate like it did on Mondays, given The X Factor and Glee no matter how weak will take some reality fans away from The Voice, and there’s TBBT and Grey’s.

  • PurpleDrazi

    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!

    You sound a little stressed there Bill. Relax. ;-)

  • CreacK

    8:00 Community
    8:30 Undatable
    9:00 Michael J Fox Show
    9:30 Nightshift
    10:00 Chicago PD

    8:00 Law and Order: SVU
    9:00 Revolution
    10:00 Parent Hood

    They should give up on Comedy Thursdays and try Wednesdays

  • Scandalicious

    NBC is in a really messy situation. Their comedies (and Ironside) are all tanking and their dramas can’t all be renewed. I would really like to see them bump SVU up and hour, put Revolution where SVU is, cancel Ironside and rerun The Blacklist in its place. I honestly think the only comedy they should renew is Parks and Rec. I think it will be very interesting to see how all of the coming weeks play out!

  • rgxx

    Too bad for Sean…he couldn’t save his “agenda”. Good-riddens!

  • Michael1

    It seems as though the strongest argument for keeping “Parks and Recreation” on the air is so that Will Arnett can joke about how his ex-wife is trying to sabotage his lead-in. Seriously, nobody watches that show, no affiliates were interested in buying it in syndication, and the ALMA Awards just adjusted their criteria to stop automatically giving Aubrey Plaza awards for just showing up. Yes, it did well when it was on after “The Office”. Maybe NBC can sell it to TBS, or maybe they can bring “The Office” back to NBC. But unless one of those things can happen, P&R needs to be put out of its misery.

  • rgxx

    Parenthood will make the season – it will bring them just over or around the 88 episode mark…as for next year – unless they move it back to it’s old time-slot.

  • busy06

    NBC has given up on Thursdays for the moment. Probably wont make any changes except putting Community at 8pm.

    But on Wednesdays there is hope. Revolution improved the 8pm timeslot for NBC and it can be placed at 9/10pm where it will get the same or better ratings (1.5-1.6) the show has a loyal audience of about 5-6 million viewers. With a better lead-in Revolution can get high 1’s maybe even low 2’s. NBC needs a NEW broad drama more suitable for 8pm, they need to be aggressive on Wednesday nights, since not one show cracks the 3.0 mark.

  • Linda

    I agree with Brent, Ironside is getting better; give it a chance. The Black List is the best new show on TV! It is totally exciting & never a boring moment. Good job NBC!

  • Alecia

    It seems like the only way for NBC to get people to sample their shows is to put them on after the Voice. None of their non voice lead in shows seems to be able to crack a two.

  • Potato

    @Dan– I second your predictions.

  • a p garcia

    If I were to make a choice for cancelation between Ironside and BATB, so long Ironside.

  • Michael1

    I like NBC’s decision of putting Kaley Cuoco’s sister on “The Voice”. She’s the second TBBT sibling, Sara Gilbert’s older sister Melissa being the first, to prop up a top-rated NBC show. Do any other cast members from that show have siblings who are available? Maybe they can stick someone on “Parks & Recreation” since the show has a guaranteed renewal anyway.

  • jimbo

    I know Hollywood is being pressured to put more black faces on tv but when are they gonna learn you cant take an old show, put a black person in the lead and think its gonna succeed. Tried it by making the honeymooners, look who coming to dinner, and other projects that went nowhere. Me personaly, I’ve watched one new show on NBC and that was the mjf show….

  • Frank Downey

    As long as Revolution is able to hold steady at around 1.5-1.6 without sinking any lower then it should be more likely to be renewed than canceled. It’s getting higher ratings than any other show NBC has put on the Wednesday at 8:00 PM timeslot. Still, I think it would be wise if NBC moves it to a 9:00 or 10:00 PM timeslot midseason. Maybe they can give it the Wednesday at 10:00 PM timeslot when Ironside gets canceled midseason.

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