NBC: 'Sean Saves The World' Is Certain To Be Canceled

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October 22nd, 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 20, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Welcome To The Family* canceled 0.52
Ironside* canceled 0.62
Sean Saves The World :oops: 0.68
Parks & Recreation :| :| :| 0.72
Parenthood :| :| :| 0.81
Revolution :| :| :| 0.91
The Michael J. Fox Show :| :| :| 0.91
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.17
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.40
The Blacklist :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.91
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

The cancellation bear is pleased he chose the headlining order he did for the NBC shows that were certain to be canceled. Welcome To The Family and Ironside made it into the headline before they were canceled. And now, Sean Saves The World has too.

Next week, Dracula & Grimm numbers enter the prediction stable!

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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.

  • Oliver

    Has a major network ever renewed less than 2 comedies?

  • Nasir

    Haven’t watched an NBC show since Heroes was cancelled in 2010.

  • gerry

    i guess the question here is whether sstw will make it through the full year or be pulled beforehand. i bet nbc is kind of regretting last spring’s comedy slaughter. those comedies were doing at least minorly better than what they’ve got now…

  • Jonay

    Will NBC order more episodes for Sean or try to premiere something new there?

  • robin

    Holy crap, no one is watching Parks. (Not an excuse! but) I wish they would move it away from TBBT to see if it can actually get some viewers :-/

  • Tom

    @Oliver – I think the closest you’d come would be NBC during the ’09-’10 season when they had Jay Leno at 10pm. If I recall correctly (and I did a quick Wikipedia scan to confirm) NBC only had comedies on Thursday and only two of those (The Office and 30 Rock) were renewals.

    There were some debatables like Chuck and Last Comic Standing but as far as traditional comedies go that seems to have been it.

  • Michael1


    ABC renewed zero comedies in 2008, cancelling both “Scrubs” and “Better Off Ted”. That paved the way for “Modern Family”, “The Middle”, and “Cougar Town”, all of which are in their fifth seasons. In fact, “Cougar Town” was created by the creator of “Scrubs, suggesting that the cancellation of the former may have aided the creation of the latter. I’m not sure if a network ever renewed exactly 1.

    But hey, NBC, keep renewing that 1.3 “Parks & Recreation”, and we’ll see if the seventh season is the charm.

  • CraveRecords

    I find Sean Hayes annoying, but I checked out the three episodes of SStW over the weekend and they certainly got better as they progressed. Hopefully some more people will check it out, but NBC’s Thursday night is like the plague.

  • Scandalicious

    NBC it literally going to have to start from scratch next season. The Voice, The Blacklist and Chicago Fire are the only shows really getting above depressing numbers. SVU holds its own alright. I really think NCB is going to end up canceling almost everything besides TV, TB, CF and SVU. Maybe they will be able to find a midseason success! I am still praying for Revolution to uptick miraculously!

  • Wright

    I really hope Revolution and Grimm get renewed.

  • Tom

    @Michael1 – Scrubs was on until 2010 (and shared the airwaves with Cougar Town during the ’09-’10 season). Also According to Jim was renewed by ABC in ’08 (though it didn’t show up until December of that year). While I’d agree According to Jim shouldn’t be counted as a comedy it was one none the less.

  • Oliver

    ABC brought back According to Jim, Samantha Who? and Scrubs (from NBC) in 2008-09. In 2009-10, ABC brought back Better Off Ted and Scrubs.

    NBC brought back 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and The Office.

    NBC have renewed only two comedies before, when they brought back only Joey and Scrubs (with Scrubs pushed to mid-season). They aired The Apprentice on Thursday at 9.

  • Jazz

    I think Revolution has improved but it might be too late. I think they turned off a lot of fans with their crazy last year. I don’t spend as much time with wrinkled face as I did last year and I don’t scream at the t.v. It’s a drama that just makes a lot of more sense now. And, most importantly, even though they are not walking allover the country this year, they look like they don’t get a hot shower and spend an hour in make up every morning.

    I hope Michael J Fox improves. I really really want to like that show but often wait a while to watch. Adding Anne Heche really helped.

    I love Sean Hayes but this is not the right vehicle for him. I will continue to watch shows he produces like Grimm and Hot in Cleveland. He was so funny on an episode of Hot in Cleveland, I realized I missed seeing him onscreen.

  • Dan

    @Oliver – Does FOX count, and are we talking about live comedies. Because in 2008 they only renewed Til Death, same with 2009, and 2010 they renewed no live comedies. ABC renewed just According to Jim and George Lopez in 2006, and Notes From the Underbelly & According to Jim in 2007, and Samantha Who and According to Jim in 2008. Its never been less then 2 for ABC. Nor CBS or NBC.

    Its possible NBC could just bring back Parks for a short final season like 30 Rock but we’ll see.

    I think Sean Saves the World will be cancelled in May but will get a few more episodes or full season added to the order likely because NBC didnt want a cancellation trifecta with WTTF, Ironside and SSTW. Call it the Guys With Kids effect.

    Grimm, SVU, Chicago Fire, and Blacklist will all return and as for Parenthood and Revolution, it all depends on Spring ratings. Fall numbers are essentially meaningless. Of the two Parenthood could get a short final season and if Revolution does not improve then its done.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I love seeing Sean again and even Linda Lavin, but I’m sorry — this show is HORRIBLE! And to boot, I don’t see how it can be improved upon. Michael J Fox’s is no better either, but I don’t know why NBC would cancel either show as they are pulling in the same ratings as PARKS and that’s been on for years (and is actually a good show). ????

  • TVDude

    I think Parks will come back and maybe Community. NBC will probably have a lot of filler next season as they will probably relaunch comedies after the Super Bowl. If nothing else seems to stick this season, I would say it’s a good possibility. NBC will air a couple comedies on Tuesday this midseason following The Voice, so we’ll see.

    Parenthood has held really well in a timeslot that has crashed and burned for the longest time. The fact, correct me if I’m wrong, that it’s up from last year’s average in that time period makes it the least problematic show on NBC Thursday. I would say keep Parenthood where it is and rebrand Thursday as a reality or drama night.

  • Dan

    @TV Dude – Parenthood is doing better in that slot then Rock Center and Do No Harm, but its more expensive.

    The best we can hope for Community, Parks and Parenthood are all short final seasons.

  • k:Alex

    With The Voice on this Thursday, get a 2.3, it’s a women show and those aren’t on at 8, maybe people take the time too watch Sean.
    I think it’s the first funny NBC multicam sitcome since the end of Friends/Frasier and every episode gets better.

    So maybe the big public will like it too and will watch another episode, if it could stay around 1.5 it’s solid.

  • Rebecca

    I like SSTW only a tiny bit more than MJF’s show, and that’s not much. I wanted to like MJF but just can’t watch (and if Anne Heche is on it now, I definitely won’t watch). They’re both mediocre shows. Of the others, I only watch Grimm and PAR (I’ll love Parks forever and even buy the dvds), and Community when it returns. I used to watch quite a bit of NBC…I guess not any more.

  • Michael1


    Parks does some good things with their episodes, but until they fix the following items, the show will just have too much baggage for me to find it watchable:

    1) Picking on Jerry was never funny.
    2) Tom Haverford is not interesting. He does not respect anyone and he shouts with a monotone.
    3) April is annoying. There is nothing inherently funny about hating everything and rolling your eyes into the camera. Also, it is extremely immature and also un-funny to hold a grudge against your spouse’s ex, especially when they are trying to be nice to you.
    4) Andy is too much of a moron. Had they made him cartoonishly stupid, that would be one thing, but he’s just an idiot. He is not funny.

    If you look at the ratings, you may discover that I am not the only person who finds it unwatchable. It was recently beaten by a clip show of “Scandal”.

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