NBC: 'Sean Saves The World'? 'Michael J Fox Show'? Which NBC Ratings Turkeys Would You Save From The Cancellation Bear? (Poll)

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

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November 26th, 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 24, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Welcome To The Family* canceled 0.52
Ironside* canceled 0.61
Sean Saves The World :oops: 0.70
Parks & Recreation :| :| :| 0.74
Dracula (F) :cry: :cry: 0.77
The Michael J. Fox Show :cry: :cry: 0.79
Parenthood :| :| :| 0.82
Revolution :| :| :| 0.93
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.97
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.42
The Blacklist :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.98

Each year, the President of the United States ceremonially pardons one or more turkeys from becoming part of the national Thanksgiving dinner. Now you can play the part of the President, and choose which NBC ratings turkeys you'd spare from consumption by the cancellation bear. The big difference being, the turkeys that the President spares actually get to live, your choices (like every internet poll) are just for meaningless fun.

Every scripted show currently on the air for NBC is in the poll.

As they say in Chicago, vote early, vote often.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. You can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.
*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.

  • StevenD

    This will kind of be a renewal/cancel predictions for me :

    Easy Save:
    The Blacklist
    Chicago Fire
    Law and Order:SVU (As long as Mariska Hargitay stays)

    Easily Gone:
    MJF Show
    Dracula (unless it’s really cheap and NBC doesn’t care…)

    In the Middle:
    Parks and Rec: should get a short final, but if NBC decreases comedy hours it may be hard to do so when they could premiere new shows

    Parenthood: I could see it having a 13 episode final season on Sundays.

    Revolution: This probably isn’t a welcoming comparison, but Revolution could become NBC’s Fringe, where it goes to live on Fridays for the remainder of its run. I can’t see it on next falls schedule unless it’s on Friday.

  • Douglas from Brazil


  • Why Watch

    The complete Thursday comedy lineup can go since they are all lame. Revolution is revolting to one’s intelligence so can go.
    SVU has outstayed its welcome.
    Grimm is different, so should stay and why shouldn’t anyone like a show about a guy who likes ‘necking’ (Dracula)

  • Hardline_Pro

    I really hope Revolution gets a 3rd season. So far, Season 2 has been much better than Season 1.

  • Chris_SAdvisor

    The Blacklist is renewed, guaranteed (barring tragedy of course). Chicago Fire is safe, and even Grimm seems to be limping faster than the bear.

    The rest are all gone. Currently some are in Bubble territory, but are only a few returns away from slipping well with the reach of the claws.

    @StevenD – It is a totally apt comparison. The writing/plot is at the same grade, and the audience would have the same ability to ignore inconsistencies. As for staying on NBC even on Friday though, it would really do better on Fox. It seems all the Bad Robot science-fantasy shows go to Fox, and they may even find a good lead-in there. On NBC it will always be a lead-weight. Yes, I know the move is highly unlikely, but it would be the best thing for the show.

  • crispy

    Chicago Fire
    Law and Order: SVU

  • Dan14

    Parks & Rec is the only one I watch. I gave SSTW and MJF a shot. Not for me.

  • Gillian O`Hara

    SVU for season 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Black List for season 2!!!!!!!! Grimm for season 4!!!!!!!!! Dracula for season 2!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Chicago Fire for season 3!!!!!!!!!!

  • Janus

    Revolution still has a decent shot at renewal for struggling NBC.

  • ToXiX

    The Michael J Fox Show will NOT be returning next season. Enjoy it while you can.

  • rgxx

    In fairness – the Blacklist shouldn’t even be on the list – it is no where near of being cancelled. come on!

  • Jami

    Only one I care about is REVOLUTION. CF, BL, Grimm, are fine. SVU is a little long in the tooth time to go. However if Wednesday’r are stable with REVOLUTION and SVU. Kepp all of them and torch everything else.

  • Tough Critic

    Sean Saves The World is funny, as Erin points out. The Michael J. Fox Show is not. I thought it would be the other way around. Also true, Sean Saves The World has better ratings than Fox’s show. And it’s on opposite The Crazy Ones. I wanted to like Michael J. Fox’s show but there’s just no point to it. Every episode seems like a pilot for a different show. I say give it the axe already so Fox can return to The Good Wife.

  • Bob

    Bring back Guys with Kids!!!! lol. Couldn’t resist. I just loved that show. Thank God I have every episode and still can get a laugh out of the show from time to time.

  • Cam

    I’d save Blacklist and Michael J Fox. Blacklist is one of the better crime dramas on TV, and the MJF Show is actually pretty good once you get into the characterizations. The other NBC “comedies” are not funny.

  • John

    MJF show is FUNNY! People need to get over their “I cant laugh at him” syndrome and watch the show. Last weeks Thanksgiving episode was better quality the The Big Bang Theory. Cmon People!!!

  • Jami


    I really hope Revolution gets a 3rd season. So far, Season 2 has been much better than Season 1.
    I totally agree S2 much better and it will live to see a season 3 on NBC.
    I would say if it keeps a 1.4/1.5 it will even see a S4 on NBC.
    NBC has nothing worth watching other than the BL and Football.
    That’s just my opinion, rather watch cable. Not trashing any shows on NBC but REVOLUTION has been so awesome S2 would hate to see it cancelled and bot finish out the implausable plot lines like every show on tv has, like POI, BL, Revenge, UTD.

  • Jon

    No way svu gets the axe. Its still the second highest rated drama on the network

  • RJC

    I voted to save SSTW. It’s mindless fun and good Thursday night viewing. I also voted to save P&R, since it’s TV’s best comedy by a mile, as well as Parenthood. MJF can go – as much as I like him, the show isn’t funny.

    Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Grimm and SVU are in no serious danger of cancellation.

  • Jay

    @Jon I do think SVU will stay, but the second highest NBC drama is Chicago Fire by quite a bit. Excellent show.

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