NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 20 of the 2016-17 season say a new show didn’t get off to the best start.

Here are the standings, and here’s an explanation of the Bear’s methodology.

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Grimm (F) (O) Final season 0.82 0.47
Emerald City (F) (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 0.74 0.36
Powerless 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.1 0.4
The Blacklist 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.11 0.41
Blindspot 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.13 0.43
Timeless 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.19 0.49
Chicago Med (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.31 0.61
Superstore (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.24 0.54
Chicago PD (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.45 0.75
The Good Place (O) Renewed 1.29 0.59
Law & Order: SVU (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.48 0.78
Chicago Fire (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.63 0.93
This Is Us Renewed 2.65 1.95


The premiere of “Powerless” matched the 18-49 rating for the finale of “The Good Place” a couple weeks prior. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that rating was only a 1.1. In the current climate that’s probably a borderline number, but “Powerless” isn’t likely to stay there.

With rare exceptions, a premiere tends to be among the two or three highest-rated episodes in a show’s season. “Powerless” is more likely to go down than up from here.

How far down will determine the show’s future. One episode in, the Bear is labeling “Powerless” a tossup for renewal. If it can more or less maintain its ratings then a renewal wouldn’t be out of the question.

If not? Well, there are always more DC Comics movies on the horizon.


DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
🐻 sure bet to be canceled by May 2017
🐻 🐻 likely to be canceled by May 2017
🐻 🐻 🐻 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2017
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 likely to be renewed by May 2017
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 sure bet to be renewed by May 2017


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.

Posted by:The Cancel Bear

The Cancel Bear is a bear who tracks and devours low-rated TV shows.

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