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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 September 12-25, 2011):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Harry’s Law 😐 😐 😐 0.53
The Playboy Club 😥 😥 0.70
Free Agents 😐 😐 😐 0.75
Community 😐 😐 😐 0.75
Prime Suspect 😐 😐 😐 0.79
Parks & Recreation 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.92
Parenthood  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.95
Law & Order: SVU  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.06
Up All Night 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.34
Whitney 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.45
The Office  :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.72
Grimm (F) not premiered
Chuck (F) final season

The cancellation bear is nearing its first dinner of the season, as The Playboy Club’s start has put it directly in the path of our ursine mascot. Mmmmm, bunnies. Note that The Playboy Club’s second episode ratings from last night are not in the results above.

Harry’s Law is looking mighty tasty as well, but a veteran show gets a bit of slack at the start of the season before falling into the jaws of the bear. Free Agents won’t get that benefit of the doubt. It needs to pick up the pace, or it’s next.

Community’s ratings, as usual, would get it cancelled on ABC, CBS or Fox, but it will be within a season of syndication at the end of this year, and I’m sure the economics will be bent enough to keep in on the air to get enough episodes for syndication, it will fall no lower than “toss up” this season.


  • 😳 – 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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