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!

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*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.

  • Chris J

    It’s nice we have Mr. Underwood here saying a good word for Ironside.

    I personally liked the pilot and was surprised the rating was so low. It was no worse than some of CBS’s formulaic cop procedurals.

    Maybe the negative sentiment comes from linking it to the 1960s franchise?

    Either way NBC could use a few more steady procedurals on the schedule.

  • Dan

    If Ironside stays above a 1.0 then it wont be pulled from the schedule.

    Like Last Resort or Prime Suspect, Its doing OK enough to air out its full 13 episode season, however not well enough to get a back order.

    Ironside will probably be replaced by either Chicago PD or Hannibal by midseason.

  • a p garcia

    I hope the bear crashes ironside’s dinner real soon! I wonder how far NBC will go to produce UNFUNNY comedies. Maybe they should throw PC out the window and produce an All in the Family clone or Redd Foxx clone.

  • a p garcia

    It seems the only people laughing at NBC comedies are the people on the laugh track.

  • J-Man

    The original “Ironside” airs every weekday at 11:00 AM on MeTV. It bears almost no resemblance to the remake– basically the only similarity is that the title character is in a wheelchair. Everything else (location, supporting characters, race, etc.) has changed. And the original show wasn’t all that great in the first place.

  • Michael1

    I think that Will Arnett is personally financing the renewal of “Parks and Recreation” just so that he can continue his on-going gag about having his ex-wife try to sabotage his lead-in. That appears to be the strongest case for its renewal.

  • Anthony

    I’m really surprised to see Ironside on the cancellation list! I like the show. NBC should keep it and lose The Michael J. Fox Show which I thought was going to be a hit show. No surprise that Sean Saves The World and Welcome To The Family have bombed big time! NBC has really struggled to find a really great hit comedy series for years now. They just can’t seem to find a winner. I was really surprised that The Michael J. Fox Show wasn’t very funny because he’s a funny guy himself and I’ve loved his movies. Maybe it’ll improve and the writers will punch out skme better material soon. I would like to see it stay on the air. Ironside too!

  • Jake

    Revolution is an amazing show, the first season was dull but this second season is awesome. People should give it another chance.

  • iSayso

    I’m reminded of Revolution whenever I flush.

  • Feedback

    Again, if you’re so concerned about headlines, why not just call it “NBC Renewal/Cancel Index Week #6″?

  • Refrain

    Revolution was already underperforming prior to renewal anyway. NBC will have lower expectations of the show in the Wednesday 7/8pm slot. Not to mention the show has stabilized with regards to overall viewers, it hasn’t shifted from around 5.45 million viewers for 3 weeks running, and the 18-49 seems to be dropping by 0.1 weekly but this again may stabilize at a given point be it 1.5-1.6. The show has its audience. This show isn’t the next Smash but it won’t be breaking any records, if NBC renew it they will be better off moving to Friday and pairing with Grimm next season.

    Even with this weeks 1.4 I don’t think it’s any less of a bubble show. It certainly isn’t confirmed as dead.

  • CBSviewer

    Next season:

    8:00 – The Voice
    10:00 – NEW DRAMA

    8:00 – The Biggest Loser
    9:00 – The Voice
    10:00 – Chicago Fire

    8:00 – Revolution
    9:00 – The Blacklist
    10:00 – NEW DRAMA

    8:00 – Parks & Recreation (13 episodes) / Community (13 episodes)
    8:30 – NEW COMEDY
    9:00 – The Michael J. Fox Show
    9:30 – NEW COMEDY
    10:00 – Law & Order: SVU

    8:00 – Dateline
    9:00 – Grimm
    10:00 – NEW DRAMA

    Sean Saves the World

  • Matthew Chapman

    Both Ironside and (At Long Last!) Welcome to the Family have been cancelled.

  • Dan

    Well I was half right. Chicago PD will replace Ironside (I guess Hannibal will replace Parenthood, assuming it airs repeat free now until March).

    I guess NBC needed some serious retooling and that’s why both WTTF and Ironside are gone.

    NBC will probably order additional episodes or a full season (16-22) of Sean Saves the World and I guess thats it for NBC renewals/cancellations this fall since Dracula is a limited series.

  • yolanda

    don’t cancel Ironside. it’s good-give it a chance. i never miss it.

  • FowlScat

    Why am I getting my TV news from USA today? They are listing cancellations nowhere in sight here?

  • FowlScat

    Oooops I see them now, I need to look better

  • Anonymous

    I was a fan of the Raymond Burr as Ironside. But his character was a private eye that was force to retire after getting shot as a police Captain on duty. In the current Ironside; Ironside is still on the force as a detective. Big difference. Political correctness to the ultimate! I like Blair but the way the storyline is setup; it was an impossible story. I take with my local Chief of Police and he said that this could not happen in real life.

  • Paul DeCroix

    Blair did a pilot series with Heather Locklear a few years ago and that lasted maybe a month. Earlier that years Heather was asked to do a new show called “Desperate Housewives” but she didn’t want to do an ensemble with that many women. Bad move because that series was that years BIG hit right out the gate and lasted a long time. Incidentally Heather was pegged to portray Edie the role that went to Nicolette Sheridan.

  • Carla Allaire

    OF COURSE Ironside and Revolution are going to be cancelled–they are two of the shows my husband and I like. I am almost afraid to voice an opinion on a show, for fear the ratings fairy is hovering around. We must have the rottenest taste in the world, cuz every show WE like gets cancelled.

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