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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  • :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.

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  • regina

    I really like Dracula. The visual ,sound and the actors. I hope it last the 10 episodes I read they made.

  • Chris J


    I agree with your assessment for the most part.

    You would think the nets would learn from last years 3 way bloodbath of Go On, New Girl, and Happy Endings.

    Anyway it looks like NBC is determined to continue its plan to air About A Boy against Fox and ABC’s comedies. Honestly at this point they don’t have much to lose since their comedy average is already so low.

    If About A Boy rates in the 2s or even high 1s it’ll be renewed. I agree with you that it would be foolish and shortsighted to renew the show but at this point NBC doesn’t have many other options since all their Thursday comedies are in the low 1s.

    By the way if NBC had debuted the Michael J Fox show on Tuesday it would have defeated the purpose of rebooting Thursday. Also it would probably be doing even worse against both New Girl and The Goldbergs than it’s doing now against just Two and A Half Men.

  • Isobel

    I think Dracula was open if it was successful for a season two, but I guess they’ll just see out the ten episodes and be done, I actually liked the foreign accents and victorian background but I guess its not most people’s cup of tea

  • omabin

    While I agree that this stubbornness on keeping their old Thursdays has to end, I am not sure they will agree as well. Moving the blacklits to the night would be a bold move but even I am not sure if it’s not too bold. I just associate NBC Thursdays with disaster nowadays and I want to keep a solid performing show away from there. But that has to end at some point of course or else they will never come out of that hole. I would use The Blacklist on Wednesdays instead though, safer option, and it’s not like their Wednesdays don’t need help too. Let’s see how Chicago PD does first though before trying to schedule it out. I also think even the ratings that Chicago Fire gets this spring away from the voice and airing after the comedies will be important as they could tell if it could do something like self start wednesdays or if it has to remain a 10pm option.

  • Joe

    And we need to know this why?!

  • GEL

    I enjoy the storyline of this Dracula series what I don’t enjoy is the reminagining of the costumes. I am so turned off when the powers that be feel they have to modernize period pieces (which this is). Audiences aren’t stupid, yet they seem to feel they have to update wardrobes into something that wouldn’t have existed during the time to attract viewers (the same thing has been done in Reign)…that in and of itself can really turn people off. Personally, I think Jonathan Rhyse Meyers is a spot-on Dracula but I don’t care for the Mina character at all. For someone who is supposedly a strong woman in a man’s field (which yeah…wouldn’t have happened either)…she’s a wuss. I get no feeling at all from her when I watch her. This show really does have potential…but it needs work. I wonder if they will get the chance to do that work. Probably not.

  • iSayso

    Aah, this show is a total WUSS!

  • Adam Decker

    Dracula sucks. And I’m not just saying that because of a vampire being part of the show. It’s pretty dull and pointless. But a lot of the other NBC shows that I like aren’t doing too bad. Parenthood could keep avoiding cancellation over and over again. The Michael J Fox Show might last, but it doesn’t matter if it stays or not.

  • surya

    drakula is certain to be cancelled, bad show ever!

    btw, revolution is totally awesome, hope it will be renewed soon, cause the storyline keeps getting better and better each episode. love Elizabeth Mitchell, she’s totally a great actress, oscar worthy acting.

  • iSayso

    “Dracula is Likely to be Cancelled” would be a gawd-awful Hammer Production . . . but better than the series.

  • j

    Nbc should leave Revolution where it is for this season.They will probably cancel Dracula and add another Dateline.

  • Dan

    @Chris J – I meant sampling MJF behind Voice for 1 night then moving it to Thursdays. It could have helped. NBC has less of a MJF Show problem and more of a Thursday problem.

    You’re probably right that if About a Boy rates above a 2.0 and maintains that it will be renewed. Its hard to believe though that NBC’s only midseason comedies renewed in the past 10 years (Correct me if i’m wrong) Is The Office and Parks & Rec and even those started out terribly low rated.

    I’m anxious to see what NBC’s midseason schedule actually looks like compared to what they presented in May. Ironside is being replaced by Chicago PD and Community replaces Welcome to the Family. But does The Blacklist & Revolution get split seasons?

    If Blacklist gets split seasons maybe Hannibal could air Jan-Mar or maybe Hannibal could return to its old slot should Parenthood air its season repeat free until March.

    With it’s lead in, About a Boy definitely has a chance its just very very weird to see an NBC midseason comedy having a shot at Season 2. Come to think of it, only ABC has given midseason comedies shots at second years (Better off Ted, Happy Endings, Apartment 23) FOX has only renewed Breaking In (after they cancelled it initially) and CBS hasn’t renewed a midseason series since Rules of Engagement.

  • Evan D

    People don’t like Dracula? Well of course not given the average attention span is about 5 minutes these days (back to staring at your goddamn tablets!). Jesus, here we have a real actor as the lead and people hate it. Probably the same impatient fools that hated SGU (yeah, now we have NO space shows at all, thanks!). Oh, but Survivor season 900 is a sure thing. Effs.

  • Dahne

    @NBC – While the main reason I dropped Dracula is that it is boring, the anachronism of a liberal Dracula espousing women’s rights, gay rights, and being anti-big oil annoyed me enough to completely drop it. It isn’t the politics as much as the history of it for me, but I can see people dropping it because they were so blatant about it.

  • omabin


    I have no official information but I think Revolution will air episodes in January. They are premiering Chicago PD in January on Wednesdays so it would be weird for them not to have the full night rolling by then. I wouldn’t put it past them, but it seems strange because it would also mean that Revolution would have to air on nights with repeats later.

    I think they will do:
    11 episodes now – until early December
    3 January episodes (up until 2×14)
    3 March episode (up until 2×17)
    5 April episodes (up until 2×21)
    1 May episode (up until 2×22)

    Something like this. Or a week later start in Marcy or with a possible preemption somewhere in there to leave 2 episodes for May. SVU should follow roughly the same schedule too.

  • Leigh

    Love Dracula…. Hopefully it will gain people… The show is great and goes well with Grimm…

  • James


    It’s intentional for NBC to keep About A Boy/ Growing Up Fisher until mid-season. NBC wants to give the comedies 2 cycles of The Voice as lead-in to give them more exposure. Also, NBC avoids leaving the Tuesday comedies without the protection of the Voice.

    Last season Go On and The New Normal only got one cycle of The Voice as lead-in, and become unprotected in mid-season. If About A Boy is renewed and will stay on Tuesday, it has a higher chance of success.

  • Chris J


    Also if About A Boy is renewed then it would be easier for NBC to cancel Jason Katims veteran drama Parenthood.

    NBC obviously wants to keep a good relationship with him since every time one of his shows ends another is picked up.

  • Eugene

    Re Hannibal: That was a high quality show from beginning to end. When NBC offered praise during the renewal announcement, it was well deserved. I’m sure NBC will stream the first season on Netflix before season 2 to help it find the audience it deserves. Based on the first two episodes, Dracula is an ill-conceived misfire. There is no reason to look forward to more stories on this show, it stinks.
    Thus, Hannibal renewed, Dracula VERY likely to be cancelled.

  • Donna R

    I don’t want to see this show go! I love it! It has a different spin than the classic Dracula! That’s what makes it great!

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