Here are NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 19 of the 2017-18 season.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|Taken (F) (O)||🐻 🐻||0.48||-0.01|
|The Brave||🐻 🐻||0.91||0.21|
|Great News (O)||🐻 🐻||0.73||0.03|
|AP Bio (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.8||0.1|
|The Blacklist||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.96||0.26|
|Law & Order True Crime (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||1.04||0.34|
|Blindspot (F)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.67||0.26|
|Chicago PD (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.22||0.52|
|Superstore (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.13||0.43|
|Law & Order: SVU (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.29||0.59|
|The Good Place (O)||Renewed||1.11||0.41|
|Chicago Fire (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.11||0.41|
|Chicago Med (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.33||0.63|
|Will & Grace (O)||Renewed||1.7||1.0|
|This Is Us||Renewed||3.21||2.51|
“AP Bio” launched last week in the spot where “Great News” aired earlier in the season … and barely cleared the low bar “Great News” set there.
That obviously is not a great start, particularly with the usual spring ratings downturn still to come. NBC can’t seem to break its addiction to half-hours that play great with the cool comedy kids but don’t have much appeal outside that not-very-big circle.
“AP Bio” is off for the remainder of February thanks to the Olympics, and it rates as a tossup pending more data. But it will need to do some extra-credit work to make it to next season.
|DSW||Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing|
|🐻||sure bet to be canceled by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻||likely to be canceled by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻||tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||likely to be renewed by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||sure bet to be renewed by May 2018|
The Renew/Cancel Index is the amount above (or below) a replacement-level rating — i.e., the expected adults 18-49 rating of an emergency fill-in show should a series be canceled. For the 2016-17 season, replacement level is a 0.7 same-day rating in adults 18-49 for the Big 4 networks and a 0.2 for The CW. (Read more here.) The index number is taken by subtracting 0.7 (or 0.2) from a show’s average same-day rating.
Friday scripted shows (denoted with an “F” above) on the Big 4 have average ratings about 30 percent lower than those of other nights, therefore their ratings are multiplied by 1.43 before subtracting the replacement-level number.
Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.
(O) – Owned: All other things equal, shows owned by studios affiliated with their networks have a better shot at renewal than those from outside producers.