Here are NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 4 of the 2019-20 season.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|The Good Place (O)||Final Season||0.63||0.13|
|This is Us||Renewed||1.65||1.15|
|Bluff City Law||🐻||0.65||0.15|
|Law & Order: SVU (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.65||0.15|
|The Blacklist (F)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.47||0.17|
|Superstore (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.80||0.30|
|New Amsterdam (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.85||0.35|
|Chicago P.D. (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.10||0.60|
|Chicago Med (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.18||0.68|
|Chicago Fire (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.18||0.68|
NBC has multiple shows in its fall lineup that are likely to be renewed for another season, but “Bluff City Law” isn’t one of them.
The freshman legal drama has struggled in the ratings up until this point, averaging only a 0.65 live + same day rating among adults 18-49, which places it in the bottom half of the network’s demo rankings. Without any signs of a possible ratings improvement on the horizon either, there’d be good reason to call “Bluff City Law’s” future into question based on its ratings alone.
Unfortunately for it, the show’s ratings performance isn’t the only reason the Bear is now calling the series a sure bet to be canceled, as NBC recently announced that it would not be extending the show’s episode order past its original 10.
While it wouldn’t be unheard of for “Bluff City Law” to get renewed, despite not being picked up for a full season, it seems like a very unlikely possibility as of right now.
In other news, NBC also pulled “Sunnyside” from its on-air schedule after just 4 episodes, with the rest of its season set to be released in weekly installments on the network’s various digital platforms. It has effectively been canceled, as the Bear predicted it would be.
|DSW||Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing|
|🐻||sure bet to be canceled by May 2020|
|🐻 🐻||likely to be canceled by May 2020|
|🐻 🐻 🐻||tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2020|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||likely to be renewed by May 2020|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||sure bet to be renewed by May 2020|
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 2019-20 season, replacement level is a 0.5 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 0.5 (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.