NBC: 'Dracula' Is Likely To Be Renewed

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

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October 29th, 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 27, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Welcome To The Family* canceled 0.52
Ironside* canceled 0.61
Sean Saves The World :oops: 0.68
Parks & Recreation :| :| :| 0.74
Parenthood :| :| :| 0.81
The Michael J. Fox Show :| :| :| 0.88
Revolution :| :| :| 0.91
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.06
Dracula (F) :) :) :) :) 1.06
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.39
The Blacklist :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.91

Dracula premiered well on Friday. Its 1.8 rating both tied Grimm and was well above every other NBC scripted show that didn't follow The Voice. Because of that, it's likely to be renewed.

Early predictions have a habit of changing quickly. Stay tuned.

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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.

  • rgxx

    As i said a week ago – Dracula will do well its first few weeks because of Halloween…as of Week 4 -it will get less ratings and eventually go down to a 1.1 rating

  • Ultima

    @Headless Horseman
    I don’t think that the Bible was renewed.

    A sequel mini-series (tentatively titled A.D.) is being produced and will air on NBC.

  • Ultima

    @Marius Telemacher
    If networks are going to call something a limited series, it needs to differ from a regular series in some significant way…

    … like having a LIMITED number of episodes. :roll:

  • HeadlessHorseman (formerly JacobYates)

    That’s some of the dumbest logic I’ve ever heard. People will leave a show if they don’t like it, not because Halloween ends. By your logic, Grimm and Sleepy Hollow will tank in a few weeks too, because Halloween will be over. :roll:

  • HeadlessHorseman (formerly JacobYates)

    Did not know that.

  • iSayso

    If Dracula is resurrected it desperately needs a much better Drac & Renfield duo. I mean, Meyers is a punk and Renfield, WTF?

  • Oliver

    The broadcast networks have settled on “limited series” to mean shows intended to have shorter seasons.

    It’s completely understandable that people are confused because that’s not what the term meant until this summer.

  • Michael1

    If CBS pulls the plug on “Hostages” will Toni Collette have time to reprise her role on “About a Boy”?

  • Ultima

    The broadcast networks have settled on “limited series” to mean shows intended to have shorter seasons.

    It’s completely understandable that people are confused because that’s not what the term meant until this summer.

    Here’s an article from 2004 that uses the term “limited series” in exactly the same way that the networks are using it now.

    variety – /tv/awards/broadcasters-face-long-odds-for-longform-nods-1117906527/

  • Bradley

    NBC needs to move Parenthood to Sundays after Football season ends. I feel like it would do much better against the other shows available on Sundays.

  • Ultima

    Or, you know, the actual link…

    variety – /2004/tv/awards/broadcasters-face-long-odds-for-longform-nods-1117906527/

    Speaking of which, are links in comments ever coming back or has that ship sailed?

  • KarenM

    It’s too early to tell.

  • iSayso

    Yikes, Dante, that Thursday certainly makes for a Biggest Loser night. :)

  • LisaM

    In the 60s, TV series ran for 32-34 episodes per season. Now we’re down to 12-18, and maybe not even that, with the new limited-run series coming out.

  • Ultima

    Now we’re down to 12-18, and maybe not even that, with the new limited-run series coming out.

    Where did that upper bound of 18 come from? Did you just happen to forget about the dozens of shows on the major broadcast networks that run for full seasons of 22+ episodes? :roll:

  • Zach


  • HeadlessHorseman (formerly JacobYates)

    Aren’t limited series meant to describe a show with 12-15 episodes on broadcast networks only? Cable has almost always done under 18 episode seasons.

  • Ultima


    Using caps lock doesn’t make what you say more important, it just tells us that you’re an idiot.

  • DM

    American Horror Story is a miniseries. Each season is a completely different story with a defined beginning, middle, and end. Or I guess it is considered an anthology series since the characters are all different every season even though they use the same actors. Either way, it is not a limited series.

    And speaking of AHS, that is another show that still manages to be successful each year after Halloween…

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    @Ultima – It is simple logic. Since all shows drop from their premier (even the good ones), it will go down for episode two. Add that to the fact that no one thought it compelling enough to PVR to any meaningful degree (aka no adjustment up) and the result is simple. I called it one way, so wait two weeks and we will see who was correct.

    As for your response to @Marius Telemacher about a limited series needing something special, I think he was referring to the implied quality that comes with the term “limited”. They claimed this had it to justify the $4M price tag per episode, but in reality they eschewed American actors to keep costs down, but also apparently forgot to hire someone capable of writing a compelling story that engages the audience. Considering the action does not start until episode five, the pacing and plot is far from the polished gem that NBC needs it to be to recoup this kind of cost.

    I did not know about the pre-screener reviews until I got to the second paragraph and jumped out to fact check my figures. Then I found out it is worse than I though. I am sure the back-five is wall-to-wall action (not screened yet), but it will be too late by then at $4M per.

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