Here are NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 5 of the 2018-19 season, including the low return of one supernatural thriller.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|Will & Grace (O)||Renewed||0.88||0.28|
|I Feel Bad (O)||🐻||0.58||-0.02|
|Midnight, Texas (F) (O)||🐻 🐻||0.40||-0.03|
|Blindspot (F)||🐻 🐻||0.43||0.01|
|The Good Place (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.86||0.26|
|Superstore (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.88||0.28|
|Law & Order: SVU (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.98||0.38|
|Chicago PD (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.18||0.58|
|Chicago Med (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.24||0.64|
|Chicago Fire (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.34||0.74|
|New Amsterdam (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.46||0.86|
|Manifest||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.70||1.10|
|This is Us||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||2.40||1.80|
After being off the air for over a year, NBC’s “Midnight, Texas” returned in a new time slot Friday night, and things didn’t go so well.
Despite adjusting for the lower viewing levels on Fridays, “Midnight, Texas” premiered below replacement level and currently ranks as NBC’s lowest-rated show. Since it’s only one episode into its second season, the Bear is only calling it a likely cancellation this year, but don’t be surprised to see it become a sure bet if it fails to improve in the coming weeks.
In good news, “This is Us” is still a sure bet to be renewed for another season, while both “Manifest” and “New Amsterdam” remain very, very likely renewal candidates.
|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.