Here are NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 7 of the 2017-18 season, which are on the fence about a first-year show.

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
The Blacklist 🐻 🐻 🐻 0.93 0.23
The Brave 🐻 🐻 1.04 0.34
Great News (O) 🐻 🐻 0.97 0.27
Law & Order True Crime (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.06 0.36
Blindspot (F) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 0.7 0.30
Chicago PD (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.13 0.43
Superstore (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.15 0.45
Law & Order: SVU (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.23 0.53
The Good Place (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.17 0.47
Chicago Fire (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.18 0.48
Will & Grace (O) Renewed 1.98 1.28
This Is Us Renewed 2.86 2.16


The latest show to bear the “Law & Order” branding isn’t connected to the other corners of the franchise. “L&O True Crime: The Menendez Murders” is the first of what NBC and producer Dick Wolf hope will become an anthology series dissecting real-life cases.

Whether that vision comes to pass is likely out of the show’s hands. Ratings for the show have been modest at best: It’s underperforming “Chicago Fire’s” numbers from last year in the Tuesday 10 p.m. timeslot.

Still, as the show heads into its finale this week, the Bear is leaving it as a tossup. Whether it returns will depend in no small part on how NBC’s other dramas do later in the season. If everything tanks, there would be a window for “True Crime” to secure a renewal. Stronger performances from shows yet to come would probably doom it.


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.

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The Cancel Bear is a bear who tracks and devours low-rated TV shows.

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