Here are NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 17 of the 2017-18 season.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|The Blacklist||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.95||0.25|
|Taken (F) (O)||🐻 🐻||0.5||0.02|
|The Brave||🐻 🐻||0.95||0.25|
|Great News (O)||🐻 🐻||0.75||0.05|
|Law & Order True Crime (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||1.04||0.34|
|Blindspot (F)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.69||0.29|
|Chicago PD (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.22||0.52|
|Superstore (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.12||0.42|
|Law & Order: SVU (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.3||0.6|
|The Good Place (O)||Renewed||1.11||0.41|
|Chicago Fire (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.12||0.42|
|Chicago Med (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.33||0.63|
|Will & Grace (O)||Renewed||1.75||1.05|
|This Is Us||Renewed||2.76||2.06|
Third Season Rule protection for shows is not transferable, so it’s essentially going to waste on “Chicago Med” this season. Because while the Bear deemed it a lock under the rule at the start of the season, the show has performed well enough to earn certain-renewal status on its own.
“Med” isn’t retaining the “This Is Us” audience quite as well as “Chicago Fire” did last season, but even so the show is NBC’s No. 2 drama so far. It also tied its season high last week even as “This Is Us” had a below-average outing.
The Third Season Rule is in effect for “Chicago Med.” Even if it weren’t, however, the show would still be a sure thing for 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.