Here are NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 6 of the 2017-18 season, which upgrade the status of a crime drama.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|The Blacklist||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.96||0.26|
|The Brave||🐻 🐻||1.05||0.35|
|Great News (O)||🐻 🐻||0.97||0.27|
|Law & Order True Crime (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||1.08||0.38|
|Blindspot (F)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.7||0.30|
|Chicago PD (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.18||0.48|
|Superstore (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.15||0.45|
|Law & Order: SVU (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.26||0.56|
|The Good Place (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.17||0.47|
|Chicago Fire (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.18||0.48|
|Will & Grace (O)||Renewed||1.98||1.28|
|This Is Us||Renewed||2.92||2.22|
The Bear is a little bit tardy on this, but now that the smoke has cleared from the first month-plus of the season he realizes that a syndication deal for “Chicago PD” escaped his notice.
For that reason, the show is getting an upgrade to certain renewal status.
“PD’s” ratings are off year to year, and by a not-small amount. It’s running about 17 percent behind this time a year ago. But it’s also tied with its Windy City franchise mate “Chicago Fire” as the No. 2 drama currently on NBC.
It wouldn’t have been in much danger to begin with, but the syndication deal for “Chicago PD” makes it a lock for renewal.
|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.