NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 3 of the 2016-17 season suggest a show moving to a new night might not be a death knell, at least not yet.

Here are the standings, and here’s an explanation of the new methodology.

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Blindspot 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.3 0.6
The Blacklist 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.2 0.5
Timeless 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.8 1.1
Chicago Med (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.33 0.63
Superstore (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.4 0.7
Chicago PD (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.5 0.8
The Good Place (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.6 0.9
Law & Order: SVU (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.6 0.9
This Is Us 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 2.7 2.0


“Blindspot’s” ratings have predictably fallen off since it moved away from the safe haven of “The Voice.” Somewhat surprisingly, however, they’ve been pretty stable in the Wednesday lead-off spot.

All three of those episodes have scored a 1.3 — way short of the show’s early performance last season but in line with where it ended. It’s also been a mild upgrade over “The Mysteries of Laura” in the timeslot so far.

If — and it’s a big one — “Blindspot” can maintain that sort of number for a good portion of the season, it will likely end up at roughly average numbers for a Big 4 series. That might be enough to keep the show afloat.


DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
🐻 sure bet to be canceled by May 2017
🐻 🐻 likely to be canceled by May 2017
🐻 🐻 🐻 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2017
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 likely to be renewed by May 2017
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 sure bet to be renewed by May 2017


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.

Posted by:The Cancel Bear

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