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

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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

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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.

Notes:

  • :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

    @Michael1

    Networks are typically only allowed to air each episode of a show 3 times.

  • Bumfuzzled

    Michael J Fox Show- I expected so much and received so little. You literally lost me at hello. This show and the Crazy Ones proved writing can overcome poor acting, but poor writing can be get past (over)acting.

  • James S

    The MJ Fox show may well be cancelled but its actually not so bad, the problem is the casting and the stories are the same rehash we’ve seen in every other show. I think they could reboot or something drastic. Michael himself has been very good, the dynamic with the family however doesn’t work, its very limited in possibilities, kind of reminds me of a Disney type comedy.

  • Anthony

    The only reaosn I suggest either SSTW or MJF ending up after The Voice is that NBC would likely want to save 1 of them plus another comedy.

    What makes you think NBC is interested in saving a comedy that can’t stand on it’s own? If it was going to be happy with a comedy hitting really low ones without the support of the Voice, they would have renewed Go On and New Normal. They didn’t, they cancelled them because they thought their ratings were terrible. MJF and SSTW are dead. NBC will use the Voice to promote and launch two new comedies that actually still have a chance of succeeding.

  • Dan

    @Anthny – Because the timeslot is garbage and competitive and the whole night is low rated. That cant be the fault of 2 comedies, that’s the fault of NBC. Plus my guess is that if NBC has no faith in About a Boy or Growing Up Fisher, theyd rather save and try to develop MJF or SSTW behind the Voice. FOX had a similar dilemma years back in 2006, with low rated Til Death & Happy Hour. They wanted to save Til Death so they moved it behind Idol by March. NBC could try to save Michael J FOX by doing the same thing. They have no other options. Parks and Community are both at the end of their long lives, and midseason comedies don’t do well anyway. The last NBC midseason comedy to be renewed was Parks 5 years ago. Growing Up Fisher and About a Boy have no chance to succeed. Both shows will end up like Go On and The New Normal. They will do reasonably well behind the VOICE but crash and burn on there own. Especially against Goldbergs/Trophy Wife and New Girl/Mindy Project.

    @Bumfuzzled – The acting and writing are great on both comedies, the casts are good to. The problem is The Crazy Ones is too low rated and expensive to be given a second season. Anyone remember Worst Week? Plus Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar make the show more costly.

  • F

    Sorry Michael but nobody wants to see disabled people on TV – it makes people uncomfortable. It’s not PC but it IS the truth. Comedy should be FUNNY, not awkward.

  • Anthony

    Plus my guess is that if NBC has no faith in About a Boy or Growing Up Fisher, theyd rather save and try to develop MJF or SSTW behind the Voice.

    Firstly why would you guess that NBC has no faith in AAB or GUF? When they originally announced their schedule, they said they would be putting those shows after the Voice in the spring. That shows confidence that they believe the shows could succeed and be hits.

    NBC could try to save Michael J FOX by doing the same thing. They have no other options.

    Yeah except that they do have other options. They have three mid season comedies with vastly more potential (at this point) to succeed, and airing any of them after the Voice is a smarter decision than moving any of their currently airing comedies to that slot.

    Parks and Community are both at the end of their long lives, and midseason comedies don’t do well anyway. The last NBC midseason comedy to be renewed was Parks 5 years ago.
    And the last time NBC had a fall comedy be renewed (past a second season) was Community 5 seasons ago, so by your logic they should give up trying to launch comedies in the fall as well, as they are equally doomed to fail.

    Growing Up Fisher and About a Boy have no chance to succeed. Both shows will end up like Go On and The New Normal. They will do reasonably well behind the VOICE but crash and burn on there own.

    They very well might end up just like Go On and The New Normal, but we already know what will happen to SSTW and MJF when they air on their own (hint: they crash and burn).

    Especially against Goldbergs/Trophy Wife and New Girl/Mindy Project.

    Yeah because the comedies they will be competing against are such juggernauts in the ratings (How many of those shows scored over a 1.5 rating yesterday?)

  • Marianne

    Can’t wait!!

    Another episode of my favorite show – Parenthood, tomorrow night!

  • Dan

    @Anthony –

    “Firstly why would you guess that NBC has no faith in AAB or GUF? When they originally announced their schedule, they said they would be putting those shows after the Voice in the spring. That shows confidence that they believe the shows could succeed and be hits.”

    Well both shows are midseason and scheduling them behind The Voice will give them another Go On New Normal situation. Even if either show is renewed, its extremely likely that when those shows move to another night, they will crash like all NBC shows. Also there is no guarantee that either show will air in that slot. NBC could simply decide to premiere a new show behind the Voice bumping those comedies to Thursday

    “Yeah except that they do have other options. They have three mid season comedies with vastly more potential (at this point) to succeed, and airing any of them after the Voice is a smarter decision than moving any of their currently airing comedies to that slot.”

    I doubt airing behind the Voice shows potential, it will probably just create another Go On/New Normal situation. And it doesn’t matter how well or how badly FOX’s or ABC’s comedies are doing, the fact is 3 way comedy competition means low ratings for all shows. Last Jan-March even Go On and New Normal kept getting below a 2.0 without The Voice. With the Voice they may do better but thats just delaying the fact that without it, both series will be cancelled.

    “And the last time NBC had a fall comedy be renewed (past a second season) was Community 5 seasons ago, so by your logic they should give up trying to launch comedies in the fall as well, as they are equally doomed to fail.”

    Thats right the last time NBC renewed a comedy past 3 seasons was Community, which proves my logic. The fact that Parks & Community are there only comedies still on the air proves my point that since 2009 NBC has failed to produce a single comedy hit past 2 seasons. 2010-2011 was a flop and 2011-2012 had a couple of OK rated shows (Up All Night and Whitney) but they crashed and burned. Also NBC is more likely to renew a fall comedy then a midseason comedy and even if they don’t, there’s no guarantee that any of those midseason comedies will do better.

    Maybe NBC should give up. If they cant even launch a series with a well known lead like Go On, MJF Show and Sean Saves the World then what makes you think Growing Up Fisher, About a Boy or Undateable will do any better with virtual unknowns?

    The point is, NBC is not going to keep both Sean Saves the world and The Michael J FOX Show on Thursdays. They need to do some revamping. They know it and so do we. SO what they may end up doing is pair SSTW and Undateable and either move MJFS and pair it with one of the remaining comedies About a Boy or Growing Up Fisher.

  • Dan

    They did it (sweeping its entire rookie class) last season (2012-2013) and they did it in 2010-2011. Yet I doubt they will do it 2 years in a row.

    Especially with Parks & Community both potentially ending. Its likely NBC will try to save something from this season.

  • Anthony

    @Dan

    Clearly you have it in your mind that NBC is likely to move MJF or SSTW behind the Voice midseason in some sort of attempt to same them and nothing I am going to say will change that. Let’s just agree to disagree, when their official midseason schedule comes out, we shall see who is correct, and if I am wrong I will gladly eat crow. Until then, happy ratings reading :)

  • Randy

    Great network. lol

  • Dan

    @Anthony – Fair enough. I’m just waiting on the midseason schedule.

  • chris

    NBC should give up. Why bother canceling shows and bringing in more that will rate just as poorly? NBC year after year demonstrates the definition of insanity.

  • Dee

    I do not understand why everyone KEEPS saying shortened final community and Parks and Rec seasons. They are obviously the only two comedies that have any sort of reputation on NBC right now. They shot themselves in the foot with 30 Rock and clearly they have to regret it… so why would they do it again. I think they will renew MJF as Spackle, get Sean Hayes to re-do SSTW (in a less failed version of the Up All Night reboot) for next season, About a Boy will be renewed, and either Growin Up Fischer or Undateable will be a summer show that does not get renewed. But the fans will keep coming back for P&R and community, especially with Dan back in the helm, and the potential to reboot the show soon with so many stars leaving. It will obviously lower production costs and give potential to grow. Same with Parks. Two of the bigger cast members are leaving, which means they can shake it up and revitalize it.

  • Dan

    @Dee – Because both shows have been reliable veterans in a half decade of constantly failed comedies. I don’t know if its NBC at this point or the shows (Go on & The New Normal were really good). However no matter what the future holds for NBC’s new sitcoms this season, those veterans Community and Parks & Rec will probably be brought back for final farewell seasons. Maybe so, maybe not. Those shows are still low rated and old even if they are slightly higher rated then any of NBC’s new shows.

    NBC clearly has a comedy problem but my guess is that the best thing they could do for Community and Parks & Rec would be to give those two some kind of closure either this season or next.

    And While Michael J FOX & Sean Saves the World are low rated, NBC will try to save at least one of them. They could renew one of there midseason comedies but who knows if those shows will do any better. NBC has a big comedy problem right now. Maybe tomorrow’s Voice at 8 will help boost the two new comedies.

  • omabin

    I do agree with Dee that About a Boy is a likely renewal at this point. It could be totally fake ratings a la Go On but I doubt we even see it airing sans voice this season which will be more than enough for them to bring it back, especially with them badly needing that face save renewal. It would be like if NBC had to decide on the Go On renewal at the ending of last year’s fall. It would be back for sure.

  • mando

    NBC should make sitcoms with laugh tract. That is why they were so popular 10 years ago.
    As CBS crumbling, it is the time to put more multi cams!!

  • Dan14

    @Dan – If there are two shows who don’t require “some kind of closure”, it’s Community and Parks $ Rec. Both shows have filmed several episodes that could serve as series finales, and this season will be no different.

  • Dan

    @Dan14 – I disagree, they are veterans that deserve to wrap up no matter how many times they were on the bubble. Plus only Community has had a finale, Parks has never had a wrap up. Both shows deserve nice endings.

    @Omabin – But thats the thing, Go On should have been renewed as a save face renewal, and if it couldn’t no other show will. If they have a save face renewal it will be MJF but any other series will flop more on its own. NBC just cant find any good comedy series.

    Besides has David Walton ever been in a series that’s made it to a second season. 100 Questions, Perfect Couples, Bent all midseason one season wonders, and About a Boy will simply be another addition to that list.

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