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

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

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December 3rd, 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 27, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Welcome To The Family* canceled 0.52
Ironside* canceled 0.61
Sean Saves The World :oops: 0.69
Parks & Recreation :| :| :| 0.73
Dracula (F) :cry: :cry: 0.76
The Michael J. Fox Show :oops: 0.78
Parenthood :| :| :| 0.81
Revolution :| :| :| 0.92
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.96
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.39
The Blacklist :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 12/3) 1.94

The ratings dive for The Michael J. Fox Show began some time ago, but the cancellation bear has finally gotten around to moving his prediction for the show down to certain to be canceled.

The ratings for Parks & Recreation are certainly low enough to indicate cancelation, but it has maintained its position as NBC's highest rated sitcom, low bar as that might be. The bear's not got a lot of historical precedent on whether that will make a difference or not.

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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.

  • Dan S

    I have to agree MJF is thru. I gave up on the show, it just lacks any real chemistry. I do fear for P&R which will likely be in a contest with Community to see which 1 comes back next season. I also feel that unless Revolution can move up from 1.4 it’s likely not going to see a 3rd season. It really needs to be on at 10pm

  • Jonay Moon

    Can NBC treat Revolution like Chuck because you can not cancel everything!??

  • Potato

    @Dan S–

    Not only does it have no chemistry, it has no conflict! That family has NO PROBLEMS :p.

    Idk about a P&R, Community face off. If community doesn’t crash and burn when it returns (it’s a toss up. On the one hand, 2 cast members are gone, but on the other, Dan Harmon is back as showrunner) and P&R doesn’t go down any further (which it probably won’t because it’s moving from the BBT slot) I can see them keeping 1 for the schedule and 1 as spackle.

  • starship

    P&R won’t be competing with Community…if it comes down to NBC being desperate enough to have to renew either, they’d take P&R any day, I bet Community will be well below 1.0 if the rest of their Thursday line-up can barely scrape that as it has always been one of their lowest rated sitcoms.
    As for Revolution, it depends mostly on the mid-season shows, if they flop, it has a chance, as it’s at least stable.

  • John

    What happened with “Girlfriend in a coma,” based on Douglas Coupland book?

  • N

    As shocking as it seems, Revolution is NBC’s 5th best rated show (out of 12). So if they cancel Revolution they’re effectively cancelling two-thirds of their line up, which I don’t think even NBC would do.

    PLUS, looking at midseason, Crisis (Hostages-ish) and The Night Shift (Anatomy-ish) doesn’t have much potential. Crossbones is a short-season Friday show, and Believe’s chances, as for any other sci-fi show, are pretty low unfortunately.

    I’m counting on a season 3 of Revolution!

  • Kate

    Yeah I’m actually starting to think Revolution might survive as well. But I definitely think it will get a move to 9 or 10pm (maybe still on Wednesday though).

  • TVDude

    I think Parenthood and Revolution will depend on how NBC decides to handle Thursday. They could easily cancel them, but why keep an hour of low rated sitcoms on the schedule when both of these shows are doing much better?

    Parenthood has been NBC’s highest rated show on Thursdays (and in a timeslot that has long been one of NBC’s worst) and would likely, at least, retain its ratings for a short farewell season. A third full season of Revolution would possibly require a fourth. Then again, Revolution probably won’t sell in syndication, so that may not be a factor. It’s way up from shows like Whitney, Guys with Kids, and Monkey Hospital (Animal Practice).

  • Jeff (Canada)

    I’m thinking Community and Parks might (once again) be the only NBC comedies to survive the year. But next season will be the last for both.

  • tv#1

    Based off what we have seen from NBC this Fall I could possibly see them going with a schedule like this next season…

    The Voice
    The Blacklist

    The Voice
    New Drama
    Chicago Fire

    New Comedy
    New Comedy
    New Drama
    Chicago PD (if it does well this season)

    The Biggest Loser (2hrs)
    Law and Order: SVU



  • Bradley

    I hope Parenthood is given as little as a 10 episode final season to finish the storylines. Revolution is through. It is way too expensive and not cutting it. Sad day.

  • David

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I swear the Deadline article saying Community had been renewed for season 5 also stated it would be the final season?

  • Kissan

    I think NBC should do this for next season:




    8:00-Untitled Sophia Grace & Rosie Comedy
    8:30-Untitled Ellie Kemper Comedy
    9:00-Untitled Maya Rudolph Comedy
    9:30-Untitled Susan Sorandan Comedy
    10:00-New Drama


    8:00-The Voice
    10:00-New Drama


    8:00-About A Boy
    8:30-Growing Up Fisher
    9:00-The Voice


    8:00-Chicago Fire
    9:00-Chicago PD


    8:00-The Biggest Loser/Community(final season)
    8:30-The Biggest Loser/Parks & Rec(final season)
    9:00-The Blacklist
    10:00-New Drama



  • Alecia

    Sucks for MJF, but the show is not funny.

    Happy that Grimm is still doing well. I don’t watch anything else on NBC so I’m good.

  • Marsinvestigations1@gmail.com

    Parenthood has had short seasons for 1,3,4 so a 6th at 10-13 isn’t unrealistic given how low the bar is at NBC. Lord knows they don’t blow any dough on marketing or anything for it…

  • Stacie

    Really hoping that Revoution can remain steady against AI when it comes back so that we get a season 3.

  • rgxx

    I Actually Like the MJS – I think it’s has some clever & funny moments – the Aunt/Sister is a little annoying…

    …but I like it more than the Robin Williams show – which I have officially given up on. Come on!: sex jokes & talking sex scenario’s in front of your daughter?? (or vice-versa??)…gross! And does there have to be someone gay on every single television sitcom show?? Over-kill!

  • rgxx

    I have my complaints about NBC – but I have to say I have seen a lot of promos for Revolution & Parenthood – I like both shows – the problem is NBC moved them from their best timeslots and they may not recover in time.

    I think Parenthood will reach 88 episodes by the end of this season – enough to put it into syndication land to make some money back on it. So NBC will most likely cancel that show before Revolution (if there is a choice to even keep one of them) + Parenthood now has less viewers in its current time-slot.

  • Jon

    Nbc should take 2014 and go for nearly a complete reboot. It needs to take the blacklist and build a night of new programming around it. Cancel all sitcoms including parks and community. Go into next season by reducing sitvom space by one hour. Cancel underperforming parenthood, revolution and Dracula. Hopefully Chicago Pd does well and it can be paired with Chicago fire.

  • Michael1


    MJF has conflict between Michael and Anne Heche, but they barely show Michael at work. I thought the premise of the show was that Michael was going back to work because he was such a basketcase at home. Were they to show him at work, the show might be salvage-able. But that would mean showing less of the cast who plays his family. Somehow, “Sean Saves the World” is making time for both settings. MJF needs to follow Sean’s lead.

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