Here are NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 25 of the 2018-19 season, and why one sophomore comedy won’t be back for a third year.

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Midnight, Texas (F) (O) Canceled 0.40 -0.03
Will & Grace (O) Renewed 0.75 0.15
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (O) Renewed 0.82 0.22
The Good Place (O) Renewed 0.83 0.23
The Blacklist (F) Renewed 0.60 0.26
Superstore (O) Renewed 0.86 0.26
Chicago PD (O) Renewed 1.14 0.54
New Amsterdam (O) Renewed 1.18 0.58
Chicago Med (O) Renewed 1.24 0.64
Chicago Fire (O) Renewed 1.26 0.66
I Feel Bad (O) DSW 0.49 -0.11
A.P. Bio (O) 🐻 🐻 0.50 -0.10
Good Girls (O) 🐻 🐻 0.60 0.00
Blindspot (F) 🐻 🐻 0.49 0.10
Law & Order: SVU (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 0.88 0.28
The Enemy Within (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.00 0.40
Manifest 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.25 0.65
This is Us 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 2.06 1.46


Things haven’t gotten any easier for “A.P. Bio,” since it returned for its second season on NBC a few weeks ago.

With a 0.5 live + same day average rating among adults 18-49 this year, the Glenn Howerton-led series has suffered an unfortunate, if expected, two-tenth drop from its first season’s 0.73 average.

That means the sophomore comedy is NBC’s lowest-rated, non-Friday show of the season, and has yet to show any signs of improving its performance at all in the coming weeks. With NBC having already guaranteed the returns of “The Good Place,” “Superstore,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Will & Grace,” the network’s 2019-20 comedy lineup doesn’t have much room left for lower-rated titles either.

As a result, “A.P. Bio” is likely to be cancelled, and if the show happened to be further into its second season than it currently is, it would be considered a sure bet for cancellation. Regardless, the Bear has a hard time imagining “A.P. Bio” still having a place on NBC’s curriculum come this time next year.


DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
🐻 sure bet to be canceled by May 2019
🐻 🐻 likely to be canceled by May 2019
🐻 🐻 🐻 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2018
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 likely to be renewed by May 2019
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 sure bet to be renewed by May 2019

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 2018-19 season, replacement level is a 0.6 same-day rating in adults 18-49 for the Big 4 networks and a 0.1 for The CW. (Read more here.) The index number is taken by subtracting 0.6 (or 0.1) 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 (1/0.7, or 70 percent) 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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