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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2011-12 season in May, 2012. (includes results from January 2- March 18, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Prime Suspect* canceled 0.47
The Firm* canceled 0.61
Harry’s Law 😳 0.64
Free Agents * canceled 0.66
The Playboy Club * canceled 0.67
Chuck (F)* final season complete 0.69
Are You There, Chelsea? 😳 0.88
Grimm (F) renewed 0.90
Whitney 😐 😐 😐 0.92
30 Rock 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.94
Parenthood* 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.00
Awake 😐 😐 😐 1.01
Up All Night 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.02
Parks & Recreation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.03
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.04
Community 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.28
The Office :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.53
Smash :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.58

Community’s ratings on its Spring return were a surprise to many, and while some commented “wait until Big Bang Theory returns!”, I’m under no such requirement. It finished the Fall with ratings in the “likely to be renewed” range and it began the Spring with even better ratings, and so it remains “likely to be renewed”. The cancellation bear will be content to chase down one of the many other NBC shows coming his way, like Harry’s Law. 

 Awake had the same ratings in its third episode as it did in its second, and so it remains a “toss up” for renewal or cancellation. Yes, I think it’s quite possible NBC renews shows getting just a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, they’re in such bad shape.

The Renew / Cancel Index above includes results beginning January 2, 2012. How did NBC’s shows stack up based on their Fall results? Click here.

*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index “frozen” at the point they left the schedule.


  • 😳 – certain to be cancelled by May, 2012
  • 😥 :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2012
  • 😐 😐 😐 – toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2012
  • 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 – more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2012
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: – certain to be renewed by May, 2012

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show’s new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It’s calculated by dividing a show’s new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show’s own network. The network’s average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ex. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How would the Renew / Cancel Index Have Done Predicting Last Season’s Scripted Show Fates? Check out how the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2010-11 broadcast television season.

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