NBC: 'The Michael J Fox Show' Is Likely To Be Canceled

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

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November 5th, 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-November 3, 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 :| :| :| 0.75
Parenthood :| :| :| 0.81
The Michael J. Fox Show :cry: :cry: 0.86
Revolution :| :| :| 0.90
Dracula (F) :) :) :) :) 0.92
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.98
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.13
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.41
The Blacklist :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.92

NBC demonstrated that they're not reluctant to sweep out an entire class of rookie sitcoms. They did it last season (plus Whitney!).

Now the cancellation bear is predicting they'll do it again this season (at least for the sitcoms premiered so far this Fall).

Welcome to the Family has already been devoured by the bear, and Sean Saves The World is certain to be. Now the bear's moving The Michael J Fox Show to "likely to be canceled" as well.

Dracula's second episode ratings drop should worry fans, but it's still got a bit of a cushion before the bear gets within range. 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.

  • Ultima

    Terrible decision by NBC to give the Michael J Fox show a full season before it aired one episode. What network exec in their right minds would do such a thing? After seeing the pilot I knew this was bad and would get worse.

    They gave it a full season order before it even filmed a pilot. Presumably, the commitment was necessary to land the show.

    Was that a terrible decision? Maybe. I don’t think a show failing necessarily means it was a terrible decision though. It might have been one of the better options available to them.

  • Scandalicious

    I think Parenthood might just be safe. Honestly, NBC hasn’t had much luck with anything this season (except The Blacklist) so I think they will keep Parenthood around for another season. On the comedy side of things, NBC is really struggling. Nothing is sticking this season and old shows are declining (Parks & Rec). They are going to start from square one again (with just Community and Parks sticking around).

  • a p garcia

    The Emmys should create a new category, “Beat 30 minute drama”. All NBC comedies are eligible! I think MJF Drama(aka called a comedy) will finish it run but not on Thursday. I think it will be moved to Friday, but Saturday is not out of the question. NBC should fire the person incharge of 30 minute dramas(comedies) since their track record is dismal.

  • Jeshine

    Y’know what? Good riddance.

    Not because MJ Fox doesn’t deserve tons of respect, success and accolades. He does.

    But because NBC stuck him in a sub-par show packed with lazy writing, figuring that the FAMILY TIES magic of 30 years ago would magically resurface on its own.


    Also, Betsy Brandt deserves much, much better.

  • California

    Parenthood will not be canceled ;)

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Could Community and Parks be the only comedies that make it through to another season for the 2nd year in a row??

  • Feedback

    NBC didn’t stick him in anything. He produces that show himself. It’s his fault it sucks, not NBC’s. NBC is probably just as disappointed in it as you are.

  • Tyson

    After winning the bidding war by ordering 22 episodes sight unseen (and committing tens of millions of dollars in the process), NBC is surely more disappointed in The Michael J. Fox Show than would be any viewer.


    YAWN! Agree with post, including correction about only Sean still in doubt.

    Honestly Bill, Take your Meds!

  • Sean

    I agree…bring back Whitney!

    I got a feeling we’ll be seeing Louis Canning again sooner rather than later

  • Jazz

    @a p garcia
    NBC should fire the person incharge of 30 minute dramas(comedies) since their track record is dismal.

    I think NBC made the decision to drop its high concept/meta shows and go broad. As a result I do believe the types of comedies they have presented in the last two years have been so broad, they lack anything to glom onto and are so generic many viewers are just passing.

    I watched some of the comedies last year and while they were fine, there was nothing special or unique about them. I ended up not watching them again and simply did not miss them. Same goes for Sean’s and MJF’s show. I tried to watch because of them but then I stopped and didn’t look back.

    There is little to make someone choose their shows over stuff ABC or CBS offers on Thursday.

    I am not against broad comedies but you do have to laugh, and several times, during those 22 minutes or so.

  • john

    I said before the first episode of MJ Show aired that it would be cancelled. Once the sympathy to his disease was over with, it would be a wash out. TBH I find him embarrassing.

  • Cyrax86

    Last season NBC tried both. Go On, The New Normal, 1600 Penn & Save Me were not broad but Animal Practice & Guys With Kids were. NONE of it worked. This season it didn’t work to almost completely reboot Thursdays.

    They will end up cancelling everything again with the exception of a final P&R season but that won’t work either. Supposedly they will boost two midseason comedies with The Voice (as said in their upfronts press release) but I wouldn’t bet on that happening, they always have less faith in their midseason comedies…

  • Teffoin

    So… If one of your loved ones was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you would find him/her embarrassing too?

  • rgxx

    That’s too bad – I thought it was pretty funny…

  • Nancy


    You’re an idiot.

  • Dan

    Dan’s NBC Rating Analysis

    Dramas: NBC would bring back SVU, Blacklist, Grimm, and Chciago Fire. However Revolution, and Parenthood are 50/50. Revolutions numbers depend on how it does in the spring when it returns, so basically fall ratings don’t matter too much. NBC could give Parenthood a nice final season to wrap things up like they did with Chuck and I think thats a strong possibility. Dracula is still too early to tell and Ironside has been axed.

    Comedies: Parks & Rec could get a short final season and I think thats still very possible. If NBC had to bring back a comedies from this season, it would be THe Michael J FOX show but only if numbers improve considerably. My guess on Sean Saves the World is that NBC will order additional episodes or a full season to bridge the show until Undateable premieres. So while its certain to be axed in May, it will definitely get at least additional episodes within 2 weeks.

  • rgxx

    Sooo if Parenthood or Revolution moved to Fridays – they would probably do better than Dracula in ratings…NBC wait one more week…Dracula will be canceled before the end of the season…this week will barely get a 1.0 in the demo.

  • Ted Craig

    Parenthood is expensive and has met its syndication requirements, so it seems more likely to be canceled than renewed.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Connor

    NOOOO I can’t live without Parenthood!

    Parenthood will be Renewed. It’s NBC’s highest rated Show on Thursday.
    1.3 is low but on NBC’s deathslot it can be considered as decent ;)

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