NBC: 'Parks & Recreation' Is Likely To Be Renewed

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

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January 21st, 2014

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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 December 30, 2013 - January 19, 2014):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Welcome To The Family* canceled 0.52
The Michael J. Fox Show :oops: 0.61
Ironside* canceled 0.61
Dracula (F) :cry: :cry: 0.63
Sean Saves The World :oops: 0.66
Parenthood :| :| :| 0.96
Community :| :| :| 0.96
Parks & Recreation :) :) :) :) 1.02
Revolution :| :| :| 1.06
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.09
Chicago PD :) :) :) :) 1.33
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.33
Chicago Fire :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.44
The Blacklist renewed 1.90

While the cancellation bear counsels that fans should ignore what TV executives say in public, was it the fact that Bob Greenblatt chatted about Parks & Recreation's future last weekend that caused the bear to move his prediction to "likely to be renewed" or was it the fact the bear had already planned to do it this week for a variety of reasons, and he didm't have anything else he wanted to put in the headline? Whichever you believe it to be, it's changed now.

Chicago PD ratings swooned in its second episode, but it's still well clear of the bear. Stay tuned.

From now through the end of the broadcast season in May, the Renew/Cancel Index values will only be calculated using new episodes airing during 2014.

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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 Predictions Worked Out In Past Seasons? See all the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from recent past television seasons.

  • CBSviewer

    @ steve

    I still blame Parks & Rec. for My Name is Earl getting canceled.

    During the 2008-2009 season, Parks & Recreation averaged 2.4 while My Name is Earl averaged 2.2.
    Plus Parks was cheaper and got higher ratings than its lead-in (My Name is Earl).

  • Dan

    @CBS Viewer – Also NBC Universal owned Parks & Rec, bet that helped a little.

    If Parks wasn’t owned by NBC I doubt it wouldn’t have lasted this long and if My Name is Earl was owned by NBC it would have gotten a final season. Sometimes the license fee from another network is a contributing factor in an aging show but if the network that owns that show also airs it, it can go on longer.

  • Eve

    Let’s talk about this week’s switch of the 9-10pm block of comedies.

    It’s gonna be Community – Parks & Rec – MJFS – SSTW, against TBBT (R) – TM (R) – TBBT (R) – TCO (R). What are they trying?

    Are they trying to avoid TCO? Are trying to give Parenthood a better (sic) lead-in? Are they trying to give MJFS a better lead-in? Are they trying to make a 90-min single cam comedy block? Are they trying to kill (like if they weren’t already dead) their 9-10 comedies? Are they trying to save them?


  • k:Alex

    They are trying to give MJFS a better lead-in.
    At TCA Greenbaltt said
    “I’d love to figure out a way to bring it back,” “We may move it around the schedule a little bit.”

    No need for panic ;).

  • Chris J

    @Eve @k:Alex


    And we all know it’ll still end up bear chow in May…

  • brian

    Maya Rudolph’s show is supposed to be a 60 minute variety show. That’s fine. Is it more family friendly, or more adult like SNL can be at times?

  • Eve

    @ChrisJ, @k:Alex,

    Thank you both, it seems bold.

  • Chris J


    Well NBC has two Live Variety Sketch shows in development.

    One from “Anchorman” star David Koechner, which is supposed to be more family friendly.

    The other is the Maya Rudolph Show, which doesn’t have as many details out. I would assume it would be more adult akin to SNL.

  • Eve

    Ok, now let’s talk about how well Revolution, SVU and CPD did on Wednesday night :mrgreen:

  • Steph Scott

    I just wanted to chime in how I appreciate the really informative comments I see on this forum. You guys are awesome. I’m sick of seeing troll posts on so many entertainment forums; it’s nice to see legit conversation in a comment thread.

    Happy about Parks and Rec; I’m a newer viewer (came on board last year) and it’s one of my favorite shows.

    I keep giving Dracula a shot but it’s so dull. It shouldn’t be dull, people’s throats are being slit. But it’s just not working for me.

  • Alan3

    What a frustrating situation….Parks (which I love) is getting renewed with the same and sometimes even lower ratings than The Mindy Project (which I also love), which will probably get cancelled. God I wish Mindy was on NBC!

  • Chris J


    If Mindy was on NBC it probably wouldn’t have seen a second season. It’s first season ratings were worse than The New Normal and Go On (both of which NBC cancelled).

    NBC is only kind to veteran shows with lucrative syndication deals. Freshman shows usually end up as fresh meat for the bear.

    Anyway with both Parks and Community likely ending next year it seems NBC is even more desperate for a comedy hit. They have ordered so many pilots it’s almost ridiculous.

    Let’s hope only the good ones actually make it to air and that NBC doesn’t allow nepotism to cloud their decisions.

  • Eve

    Now that we know that the comedy switch didn’t work, I made myself some conclusions:

    SSTW is stronger (sic) than MJFS. MJFS sucks. Parenthood will have the same rating whatever it has as lead-in or as competition. NBC comedies are dead.

    However, they did make an improve with the 9:30 slot. Now they have a problem with the 9pm slot. BURN OFF THEM ALL.

    And I have a question for you guys: Does NBC own About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher? And did they own Go On and The New Normal?

  • k:Alex

    About a Boy: Universal TV/True Jack Prods/Working Title/Tribeca Prods
    Growing Up: Universal TV/Aggregate Films

    Go On: Universal TV
    New Normal: 20th Century Fox TV & Ryan Murphy Prods.

  • CBSviewer

    I don’t know if this schedule can work:

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

    8:00 – The Voice
    9:00 – The Blacklist
    10:00 – Chicago Fire

    8:00 – Revolution
    9:00 – Law & Order: SVU
    10:00 – NEW DRAMA

    8:00 – The Biggest Loser
    9:00 – NEW COMEDY
    9:30 – Parks & Recreation
    10:00 – Chicago P.D.

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


  • Yo yo

    There is no way I see Parenthood being cancelled with the 2 lead in’s it has….shorter season is possible, but no way should it be cancelled.

  • Anthony

    I know Dracula wasn’t a huge hit. Although I had hoped it would be. I think it will get canceled because of it’s bad numbers, but a part of me wants to see what the 2nd Season could bring. Hannibal started out very weak as well and still got a 2nd Season. I’m certain NBC will kick that show into high gear from the get go. If Dracula is granted a 2nd Season, perhaps they can do the same and ramp up the action more and cut out a lot of the useless drama.

  • tv#1

    Possible Fall Schedule…

    The Voice
    The Blacklist

    The Voice
    State of Affairs
    Chicago Fire

    New Comedy
    New Comedy
    New Drama
    Chicago PD

    The Biggest Loser
    Law and Order: SVU



    Parks and Rec.
    A few other new comedies and dramas

    The Dracula renewal is probably just hopefully thinking on my part. It would be nice to see NBC give it another season. Also, I think they should keep The Blacklist on Mondays. It could use another season there to continue to build an audience.

  • Eve


    Thank you! Still think that NBC should’nt have canceled TNN and Go On. They would do better than SSTW and TMJFS, I guess.

  • Adam Decker

    Here I try to make predictions regarding the schedule.


    Sean Saves the World
    The Michael J Fox Show




    The Voice/fall
    The Sing Off/spring
    The Blacklist


    The Biggest Loser
    Reality Show results show
    Chicago PD


    New Drama
    Law and Order: SVU
    Chicago Fire


    Parks and Recreation
    New Comedy (by Tina Fey)
    New Comedy
    Chicago Doctors (that’s a joke, by the way, but it’s only a matter of time)


    New Drama or Reality Show


    New comedy
    New drama
    Last Comic Standing
    Other shows not mentioned

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