NBC: 'Dracula' Is Likely To Be Canceled

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

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November 12th, 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 10, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Welcome To The Family* canceled 0.52
Ironside* canceled 0.61
Sean Saves The World :oops: 0.72
Parks & Recreation :| :| :| 0.76
Dracula (F) :cry: :cry: 0.81
Parenthood :| :| :| 0.81
The Michael J. Fox Show :cry: :cry: 0.83
Revolution :| :| :| 0.91
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.93
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.43
The Blacklist :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.92

It seemed like just yesterday that Dracula premiered with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, on Friday, on NBC. Fan hopes were justifiably high, as was the cancellation bear's initial prediction.

After losing half that 18-49 audience in just two weeks, last week's 0.9 rating now makes Dracula "likely to be canceled".

Why not certain to be canceled? The bear's swing and a miss on Hannibal last season gives the bear a bit of a pause. Plus, he may need another headline later this season.

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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.

  • Janus

    Revolution–steady as it goes as the rest of NBC slips some…season 3 is looking like a decent shot indeed.

  • Ultima

    The most plausible outcome is to cancel Dracula and shift Revolution to Fridays

    If they want to pull Dracula before it finishes its run, they would probably just go with Grimm/Dateline/Dateline or Grimm(R)/Grimm/Dateline.

    They have Crossbones coming at the end of February.

  • Cory

    Dracula is getting better. I wasn’t sure after the first episode but now I’m enjoying it. Will I be disappointed if it gets canceled? Probably not.

    On another note…. does anyone think the network will actually let The Michael J Fox Show get canceled? Because of who it is and what the show is about I think the network will do everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, to make sure that show will be renewed.


    should svu be considered renewed after mariska hargitay announcement she signed for next yr?

  • Jack

    At the very least, Dracula will probably air all episodes, nomatter how low the ratings go – 1) It’s more of a British import for NBC (since they partnered with Sky on it) and 2) I don’t see any reports for more than the initially ordered 10 episodes. And given the current ratings, unless it comes practically free for the Peacock, won’t see more. Unless the Brits decide to go ahead with more eps and it is shipped off to SyFy or something

  • Bob Keller

    Perhaps, just perhaps, the worst series in the entire history of Television. And it was expensive, to boot!

  • Robin

    I don’t think revolution would go to syfy if its ever cancelled. Its probably way too expensive to produce. Maybe the cw since they seem to be going all genre. And it has the same creator as cw’s supernatural Eric kripke

  • SS

    I’m really loving Dracula myself. It’s a supernatural version of Victorian business/politics/romance – not everyone’s cup of tea, but I will enjoy it while I can – hopefully they will at least air the whole first limited season.

  • Michael

    2014 Schedule:

    Monday: The Voice (2 Hour), New Drama.
    Tuesday: The Voice (Results), Chicago Fire, The Blacklist.
    Wednesday: New Drama, New Drama, Law and Order: SVU
    Thursday: 4 New Comedies, Parenthood. (Yea…not a fan but I can only do so much with a bleak schedule).
    Friday: Revolution, Grimm, Dateline.

    So NBC will see 3 new Dramas, and 4 new comedies for Fall 2014. :)

  • Michael

    The only other thing that could happen is if “The Biggest Loser” want to go to Wednesday. Which could cancel Parenthood. That’s the only other thing I could see coming. But then NBC would only have 2 new Dramas unless they cut into comedy. Will be interesting ;)

  • B

    Why is Revolution still on the bubble? 91% of their scripted average. It’s getting renewed. Probably to Fridays, but it’s getting renewed.

  • iSayso

    Pardon me, my Lord, but would you like some ketchup with your stake?

  • milo

    “I really can’t understand why NBC insists on playing out the low rated comedies all season.”

    And if they pulled them, put on what in their place? It’s not like they’re sitting on a pile of hit shows and not airing them.

  • Ultima

    On another note…. does anyone think the network will actually let The Michael J Fox Show get canceled? Because of who it is and what the show is about I think the network will do everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, to make sure that show will be renewed.

    Yes. There have been plenty of big-star-comeback sitcoms in the past that have flamed out and been canceled the first season.

  • Olive

    Dracula has way too much potential for NBC to come out with such a dull version of it. Most of the characters were miscast as well, although I actually like Meyers in the titular role.

  • iSayso


    You got to be kidding, the casting of Dracula and Renfield are completely abhorrent!

  • Wright

    :( Dracula
    Grimm :)
    Revolution is holding its own. Hopefully it gets renewed.

  • Ekras

    The reason Dracula failed is because the Premier was LOADED with liberal propaganda that completely turned off anyone with a conservative or libertarian bone in their body. Conservatives make up ~51% of the population…..do the math…..

  • NBC

    It has nothing to do with this liberal nonsense or not. People claim that every year every time a show they hate bombs in the ratings. Dracula is just a badly written show, it’s not a good adaption of Dracula, that’s all. People don’t like remakes or reboots of stuff if it’s just flatout bad. If you watch TV based on how it fits your ideology, I highly doubt you’d watch anything at all. Even the TV shows at CBS are liberal, unless Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory are Republican TV shows and I missed that.

  • Jami

    WOW that was fast it went from certain renewal to certain to be cancelled.

    Dracula is like watching JRM trying his best to innerject Hamlet into this show. The show sucks!

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