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.

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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.

  • donnie


  • jj

    Not that it needs saving, but I voted for The Blacklist. Best new show of this season.

  • Justin

    Save Sean, The World

  • Networkman

    Law & Order: SVU should return for its FINAL Season. NBC and Dick Wolf really needs to put an end to this show. Grimm is doing just as good as Law & Order:SVU and its on Friday. So the network should feel confident that they’ll be able to move on. Chicago Fire should be able to retain high 1’s in the demo. I also voted on Revolution to return. It would pair nicely with Grimm on Friday night @10pm.

    None of the comedies should return. NBC should simply start over and add 2 new multi-cam comedies on Tuesday night.

  • Networkman

    NBC should of kept Guys with Kids. It would of been better paired with Sean Saves the World. I don’t feel none of the comedies currently on NBC’s Thursday line up are compatible to each other.

  • Douglas from Brazil



  • Robert Ford

    I’d save Parks and Rec and/or Community as spackle. Even though I’d love to see both shows renewed for full seasons, the only reason they’ve lasted this long is because the rest NBC’s comedy is even worse. That said, low as their ratings have fallen in recent seasons, it’s been a slow decline, while the new shows they try tend to start a bit higher, and drop a bit lower.

    If I were in NBC, I’d try to find some way to promote SSTW. It’s a good show that has improved greatly since the mediocre first episode, and while it’s possible it won’t grow, it would be a good idea to at least get some new eyes sampling it. It’s possible that it’s doing so poorly merely because it was launched on a difficult night, by a network with a reputation for niche comedies. It’s also possible that it has only niche appeal itself, but right now it’s kind of hard to tell.

    Drop TMJFS though. It was already pretty well sampled on account of starring MJF and collapsed because none of the early episodes were any good, while the later ones have been merely OK. If NBC wouldn’t keep Go On, which was considerably funnier *and didn’t sink as low as all of their comedies have this year), there’s no reason to keep TMJFS.

  • s0303

    i voted for all the obvious ones that will be renewed, plus parenthood…i don’t watch it, but it is the top rated show on nbc on thursdays despite it airing at 10pm…i think if they gave it a decent timeslot, it would still be getting in the 1.6-1.8 area, which is good enough for nbc…

  • Aly

    Michael J Fox deserves better writers. Finally caught a few episodes, and the show is so confused…like, are they doing a documentary like other comedies?

    Those little personal asides totally throw the flow of the show, and usually they just spell something out that’s already apparent rather than giving us any new insight. Great actors but the production values and writing feel like amateur hour…and that’s an insult to amateurs.

  • Aly

    Also, nobody should have multi-cam shows anymore. It all just looks like 80s TGIF to me now. So cheesy and dated.

  • sofaspud

    It seems rather silly to be including shows that CLEARLY will not be canceled. It just throws off the whole point of “saving” a show.

  • Chris J

    I agree with most here, that NBC needs to go through and cancel most of their current programs.

    This Spring NBC should try their new dramas on Thursday to see if that improves the nights ratings. None of their current comedies are renewable at this point, so there would be no sense in NBC keeping duds on such a prime night of the week.

    This Spring NBC should either do a complete overhaul of Thursday:

    American Dream Builder

    With their current shows going to burn-off or finish their seasons on Sunday. Or they can just swap out SSTW and MJFS with Believe on Thursday in the Spring:


    Next fall’s schedule will be completely dependent on this upcoming Spring’s schedule and ratings.

  • sitcomlover

    I am not a hater, as many here are. Just because a show has lousy ratings, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad show. No matter what comedies NBC tries, they’re probably doomed to fail. I only regularly watch Parks, SVU and Community. I’ve seen the others at least once and think they’re worth saving, except for MJF, which is not what I expected. Grimm is not my taste, nor is Revolution or Blacklist, but they are good shows. NBC should move the comedies to another night and program dramas on Thursdays. And I don’t want to hear how bad the ratings are for Parks and probably Community against TBBT. No comedy will have a chance in that time slot. Put Voice there.

  • Dahne

    Honestly, I would resurrect Welcome to the Family before renewing any of these shows, besides Grimm. WttF was funny and heartwarming with potential. Much of the rest of NBC just sucks out loud. Dracula especially.

  • Dahne

    Oh, I also would have voted for Community if it were a choice. Here’s hoping Harmon brings back the magic.

  • Blake

    I know Community isn’t an option but I honestly hope it gets another few seasons after season five.

  • Jason

    Keep “Sean Saves the World”. Each week it gets funnier and funnier. I wish people would give it a chance. It’s hysterical and a million times better than the MJFox show.

  • omabin

    I would save:

    Dramas: Revolution (pleeease!!), The Blacklist, Grimm
    Comedies: Community

  • miles silverberg

    I would save the Michael J Fox show, because let’s face it, after this season they could gut the cast & premise and rebuild the show from thw ground up, because MJF is still at the center of it, and there’s no need for a name change. Sean Hayes is hilarious, but everything about his show is a misfire, from idea to setting to writing to cast. It doesn’t make the case that he can carry a show solo. He needs to try again, from scratch.

  • Steve

    I’d pull the plug on everything except “Blacklist”. There is not one decent-performing comedy and the dramas are either old hat or boring.

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