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.

  • mike98

    revolution is 10x better this season than last season. its a shame that people gave up on it last year. hope NBC gives it another shot and renews it.

  • CBSviewer

    Plus Parenthood will only have 90 episodes at the end of this season. I think NBC will Renew it for 13-15 episodes.

  • Jermal


    90 episodes is good enough for syndication.

  • Fakeem

    SSTW is acceptable for now. I see potential for growth with better scripts and a better timeslot. It definitely hasn’t turned me off the way TCO or The Millers has. As far as Thursday viewing goes, if not for SSTW/ I wouldn’t stay up for TAAHM [why even call it that at this point?].

    By the way, since a rerun of TBBT can draw better than a first run TAAHM, when or how long until it gets moved or cancelled?

  • k:Alex

    The folks at NBC are pigheaded*, so I expect this for the next months.

    8:00 Voice – Renew
    10:00 Blacklist – Renew

    8:00 Voice – Renew
    9:00 About a Boy – (if it’s good) Renew
    9:30 Growing Up Fisher – Bubble, but I think cancel
    10:00 Chicago Fire – Renew

    8:00 Revolution – Bubble, it’s a steady drama in a awful slot, maybe with less budget
    9:00 Law&Order – Renew
    10: Chicago PD – (if it’s good) Renew

    8:00 Community – Final Season Renew
    8:30 Parks&Rec – Final Season Renew
    9:00 Undateable – Bubble/cancel (I don’t expect much good)
    9:30 Sean Saves – Bubble/cancel (NBC will try)
    10:00 Parenthood – Renew

    8:00 MJ Fox – Cancel
    8:30 MJ Fox
    9:00 Grimm – Renew
    10:00 Crossbones – Renew (could be good, I think their isn’t anything similar on TV right now)

    8:00 Dream Builders – Renew (cheap, maybe summer show)
    9:00 Believe – Cancel
    10:00 Crisis – Cancel

    The Night Shift – Bubble/Renew (I won’t like it, but I think it’s a women show)
    Food Fighters – Cancel
    Did they have more shows?
    So except Parenthood, all the shows on Thursday and Sunday are dead.

    *(why they are pigheaded, for example, they saw last season a comedy with a drama story line doesn’t work (Go On, New Normal) and they try it again with Welcome in the Family)

  • Cam

    Am I the only one who likes the MJF Show? I find it pretty entertaining because it’s probably the only “comedy” on the air that doesn’t rely on sex and raunch.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Jermal

    I know but often networks want their Shows to have 100 episodes or more which means more money for them.

  • Ultima

    By the way, since a rerun of TBBT can draw better than a first run TAAHM, when or how long until it gets moved or cancelled?

    CBS is spending too much money on Two and a Half Men to move it out of a good timeslot or pull it entirely (although I think this will be its final season).

    Also, they can’t air The Big Bang Theory twice a week for an extended period of time. They effectively have 72 airings per calendar year and usually cut it pretty close (last year they aired it 68 times).

  • Rebecca

    Bring on About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher. Then maybe there would be 5 NBC shows I’d watch (Parks, Grimm, the aforementioned two new ones, and Community). And put them on nights other than Tuesday (too much on Tuesdays, on all networks).

  • Marc

    Solution: Why Not premiere all new shows behind the voice and then move it to it’s timeslot. All new shows would start with high numbers. And show them twice. Monday after the voice, and then in it’s regular time slot.

    It’s not rocket science. Put Chicago Fire on hold for a week and premiere 2 new shows.

    Works for all networks. Premiere shows after modern family (ABC), and then move them the next week. FOX: American Idol CBS: NCIS or BigBang

  • Ultima

    Solution: Why Not premiere all new shows behind the voice and then move it to it’s timeslot. All new shows would start with high numbers. And show them twice. Monday after the voice, and then in it’s regular time slot.

    That worked out so well when NBC did it last fall.

  • KJ Styles

    I don’t see the Michael J Fox Show getting cancelled. It’s ratings msy suck, but so do the rest of their sitcoms. On top of all that. MJF is their highest rated sitcom! If they cancel it then they may as well cancel all of them and I definitely don’t see that happening.

  • StevenD

    This is how NBC should schedule their comedy after the Oylmpics:


    9:00- About a Boy
    9:30 MJF show

    MJF is more worth saving then Growing Up Fisher, unless the new version with Jenna Elfmen is better

    8:00 Community
    8:30 Parks
    9:00 Undateable
    9:30 SSTW

    A multi cam block finally

    Growing up Fisher could go at 9:30 Tuesdays instead of MJF or just air like Save Me last year

  • Rebooted

    Sunday Night Football

    The Voice
    new drama

    The Voice
    Chicago Fire

    Community or new comedy
    new drama or Chicago PD

    Biggest Loser
    About A Boy
    new comedy
    Parenthood (final 10)


  • Refrain

    I would love for NBC to do something with Revolution, it’s the not knowing that has me concerned, that and I’m looking at the numbers leaning towards cancelation more than renewal, when I genuinely like the show.

  • David

    Some people are forgetting why Parks & Rec and Community are higher on the comedy totem pole. It’s because they are already raking in money with syndication. The MJF Show is in danger because it’s a freshman show and its ratings are probably not attractive to advertisers. The show might be expensive as well.

  • Robert Ford

    At this point, I’m no longer watching MJF. I really wanted to like the show, but can’t. I may try to catch up when I have some time to kill; it’s not bad, just not worth trying to follow.

    SSTW is one of three freshman shows that I actually look forward to, which surprises me, because based on the previews I expected it to be worse than MJF, worse even that WTTF. The premise–“Hollywood stereotype of a gay man has to take care of his teenage daughter while dealing with his overbearing mother and difficult boss”–sounds like a formula for terrible. And it’s a multicam comedy with a laugh track, which rarely appeals to me.

    And yet I like it better than MJF. (And much better than The Millers, even though “Greg Garcia” and “Will Arnett” are magic phrases that will get me excited about anything.) Based on my own reactions then, I’m not surprised that SSTW seems to have bottomed out and MJF is still dropping. What I wonder is: can SSTW it bounce back?

    Probably not, but it’s surprised me several times so far.
    *Fingers crossed*

  • Marianne

    Parenthood is without a doubt THE best show on TV & it is the only show that I routinely watch. The actors portray their parts so well that in watching the story it is so very believable & enthralling that I always grab a tissue or 2 as the show starts. It would be such a loss if it wasn’t available.

  • Jason

    NBC should give “Sean Saves the World” a full season. Not only is it hilarious but it keeps getting better with each episode. Also, while the ratings are low, they have stabilized. Whereas, the MJFox show continues to fall and creatively is rather stale. Hopefully the new lead in of “The Voice” this week will give “Sean” a chance for some new sampling…. Also, in its favor is that it is a multicam so which is much cheaper to produce. I’m going to remain positive on its outcome.

  • Michael1

    Do shows get points for mentioning the network? Because MJF mentions it every chance it gets. Even though the character supposedly works for WNBC, the show has no issues with referring to it as NBC. If 30 Rock was able to milk that cow for 7 seasons, it’s not clear why MJF can’t do the same.

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