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

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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.

  • ToXiX


    I wouldn’t say they have no problems
    The main character has Parkinson’s.

    Show sucks though and should have never been picked up.

  • HV

    Parks and Rec and the MJF show will not both be canceled, unless midseason shows do really well, which I doubt.

  • Jay

    I don’t think NBC is going to give up on their comedy block, so next season it will look like this for thursdays:
    8 pm to 9 pm Comedy-Drama (Ala Chuck or My Name is Earl)
    9 to 9:30 Parks and Rec/Community (each having a thirteen episode final season)
    9:30 to 10 New Comedy

    Every other network has created their own comedy night (Fox = Tuesdays. ABC = Wednesdays, CBS = Mondays and Thursdays). So NBC doesn’t have any real space. I imagine they will also have comedies from 8 to 9 on Wednesday.

  • Joseph

    The Cancellation Bear will probably put the Michael J. Fox show out of it’s misery right before the Olympics.

  • Matthew Chapman

    The Blacklist has been renewed.


    no surprise that blacklist renewed surprise hit for nbc

  • Lukel

    NBC Next Season:

    8 – The Voice
    10 – NEW DRAMA

    8 – The Voice
    9 – Chicago Fire
    10 – Chicago PD

    8 – Parks and Recreation
    8:30 – NEW COMEDY
    9 – Community
    9:30 – NEW COMEDY
    10 – Revolution

    8 – The Biggest Loser
    9 – The Blacklist
    10 – Law & Order: SVU

    8 – Dateline
    9 – Grimm
    10 – Wolfman

    *So basically I propose that NBC should move their comedy night to Wednesday and give ABC a little competition and then steal it from them. Of course, Parks & Rec and Community aren’t the strongest…so I put them against ABC’s strongest comedies on Wednesday. If About A Boy or Undateable succeed…then I would easily replace Parks & Rec and Community with them.

  • CBSviewer

    NBC next season:

    8:00 – The Voice
    10:00 – NEW DRAMA

    8:00 – The Voice
    9:00 – About a Boy
    9:30 – NEW COMEDY
    10:00 – Chicago Fire

    8:00 – Revolution
    9:00 – The Blacklist
    10:00 – NEW DRAMA

    8:00 – The Biggest Loser
    9:00 – NEW COMEDY
    9:30 – Parks & Recreation
    10:00 – Law & Order: SVU

    8:00 – Dateline
    9:00 – Grimm
    10:00 – WOLFMAN

    Toughts ?

  • CBSviewer

    Midseason: Parenthood, Hannibal and Community.

  • k:Alex

    I think if Parks&Rec and/or Community is renewed for a (final) season, it will be replacement for shows who fail (if Growing up or Undateble is a unexpected hit, one of the shows will be canceled).

    They will have a lot of pilots (again)next season and are already interested in some shows (like the Tina Fey project).

  • Feed the Bear

    Shows pulling less than 1.0 for consecutive weeks should be pulled out of the schedule ASAP.
    I don’t know why NBC is taking that long to pull out SSTW and MJF. How low can those shows go next year?

  • StevenD

    My ideal schedule for next year: (Assuming that Believe and Crisis don’t get renewed)

    Monday: 8-10 The Voice
    10-11 New drama (more then likely procedural type)*
    Tuesday: 8-9 The Voice
    9-10 About a Boy/New family sitcom *
    10-11 Chicago Fire
    Wednesday: 8-9 New Multi cam block (Dr. Ken likely being one, Undateable goes here if it’s successful)*
    9-10 The Blacklist
    10-11 Chicago PD (Believe or Crisis could go here too)
    Thursday: 8-9 The Biggest Loser/Space competition show*
    9-10 New drama (genre show with short run like Skeepy Hollow)/New comedies (Tooken with Ellie Kemper being one)*
    10-11 Law and Order: SVU
    Friday: 8-9 Wolfman/Parks & Community final seasons OR Revolution*
    9-10 Grimm
    10-11 Dateline (possibly Hannibal or Crossbones Midseason)
    Sunday (Midseason): 7-8 Dateline
    8-9 The Bible sequel miniseries*
    9-10 New procedural or Believe/Crisis*
    10-11 Parenthood (final 13)

    I know there is four hours of comedy, but realistically one of the fall blocks probably won’t be there in the spring, if they both are then they’d be successful anyways.


  • C Dawg

    It’s no surprise MJFox show is doing poorly. They ordered a full season of episodes without a pilot. The show is apparently about his follies of shakes and manneurisms.

    The Millers have greater gags about working in the news too. MJF needs to go back to the future.

  • Michael

    I think Revolution’s Numbers along with the “ill Depth” of NBC programs, that show SHOULD be moved to “Likely to be Renewed” fairly quickly…unless of course, a ratings decline occurrs (which as of now, I see as unlikely). So it’s time to move that show UP! :)

  • V

    Revolution is getting 0.92 that should be 4 smiles.
    Guess your waiting for the mid-season dramas to air.

  • skyfi

    Dracula’s prediction is wrong. It is very steady and cheap. It will be renewed for short second season (and then for short 3rd season, etc.) like a limited series.

  • Isobel

    I’d like both parks and community to have final seasons, and I’d cancel revolution but that’s just me

  • HeadlessHorseman

    Given Dracula’s most recent ratings, the prediction is far from wrong. Dracula won’t be renewed unless it starts hitting 1.0-1.2 regularly. I don’t see that happening.

  • The Colonel

    @rgxx “And does there have to be someone gay on every single television sitcom show?? Over-kill!” Seriously? Does there have to be a straight person in every sitcom? Idiot.

  • Gary

    Watched two episodes of the Michael J Fox show, and to me, the cast surrounding Fox is the problem. They are just not in sync. Much prefer Robin Williams and the Crazy Ones. Much funnier. I would move Fox to another night instead of just outright cancelling it. Because of the powerful CBS lineup on Thursday, shows like Fox and Sean Saves the World really don’t stand much of a chance.

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