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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2010-11 season in May, 2011. (includes results from January 3-February 20, 2011):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Outlaw (F) cancelled
Undercovers cancelled
Chase cancelled 0.51
Perfect Couples 😳 0.75
The Cape 😳 0.77
Outsourced 😐 😐 😐 0.80
Chuck 😐 😐 😐 0.84
Harry’s Law 😐 😐 😐 0.90
Community 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.92
Parenthood 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.97
30 Rock renewed 1.09
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.18
Parks & Recreation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.23
The Office :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.75

Based on their most recent several weeks of ratings, Chuck and Harry’s Law are neck and neck and almost exactly the same distance from the cancellation bear. That doesn’t mean they’re in an either/or situation, they could both be renewed or cancelled, but it just might boil down to a choice of one or the other.

Outsourced is also a potential future meal for the cancellation bear, but as a 30 minute sitcom, it’s not getting into an either/or situation with the one hour dramas.

Since they’ve yet to premiere this spring, I don’t have any predictions for The Event (which likely has dim prospects considering its Fall ratings), or Law & Order: LA (seemed likely to be renewed based on its Fall ratings, but after being pulled out of the line up for retooling who knows what problems may lie unseen).

Perfect Couples and The Cape are both certain to be cancelled.

What was the status of the NBC Renew / Cancel Index for just the Fall? Click here.


  • 😳 – certain to be cancelled by May, 2011
  • 😥 :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2011
  • 😐 😐 😐 – toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2011
  • 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 – more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2011
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: – certain to be renewed by May, 2011

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 would the Renew / Cancel Index Have Done Predicting Last Season’s Scripted Show Fates? While the methods used have changed slightly from past seasons check out how the Renew / Cancel Index would have predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2009-10 broadcast television season.

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