Here are NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 7 of the 2017-18 season, which are on the fence about a first-year show.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|The Blacklist||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.93||0.23|
|The Brave||🐻 🐻||1.04||0.34|
|Great News (O)||🐻 🐻||0.97||0.27|
|Law & Order True Crime (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||1.06||0.36|
|Blindspot (F)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.7||0.30|
|Chicago PD (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.13||0.43|
|Superstore (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.15||0.45|
|Law & Order: SVU (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.23||0.53|
|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||2.86||2.16|
The latest show to bear the “Law & Order” branding isn’t connected to the other corners of the franchise. “L&O True Crime: The Menendez Murders” is the first of what NBC and producer Dick Wolf hope will become an anthology series dissecting real-life cases.
Whether that vision comes to pass is likely out of the show’s hands. Ratings for the show have been modest at best: It’s underperforming “Chicago Fire’s” numbers from last year in the Tuesday 10 p.m. timeslot.
Still, as the show heads into its finale this week, the Bear is leaving it as a tossup. Whether it returns will depend in no small part on how NBC’s other dramas do later in the season. If everything tanks, there would be a window for “True Crime” to secure a renewal. Stronger performances from shows yet to come would probably doom it.
|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.