NBC scripted average through Jan. 17: 1.39

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Truth Be Told (F) (O) Canceled 0.59 0.43
The Player Canceled 0.83 0.6
Heroes Reborn (O) Canceled 1.23 0.88
The Mysteries of Laura 😦 😦 1.12 0.81
Telenovela (O) 😦 😦 1.15 0.83
Undateable (F) 😐 😐 😐 0.77 0.55
Shades of Blue (O) 😐 😐 😐 1.55 1.12
Grimm (F) (O) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.93 0.67
Law & Order: SVU (O) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.68 1.21
Superstore (O) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.73 1.24
Chicago Med (O) 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 2.0 1.44
The Blacklist Renewed 1.52 1.09
Chicago PD (O) Renewed 1.59 1.14
Chicago Fire (O) Renewed 1.85 1.33
Blindspot Renewed 2.32 1.67


“Shades of Blue” had a solid premiere, scoring a 1.8 same-day rating in adults 18-49. That was good. Then it dropped half a point in its second week. That’s not so good.

And that’s why the show is currently a tossup. If ratings can stabilize, even at where they were last week, the show might have a decent shot at a second season. (Which, like this one, would likely be a shorter run, which could help its cause a bit.) That would still be a 50-plus percent improvement over the time period’s fall performance.

If, however, the numbers continue to slide and the floor is somewhere below where “Shades of Blue” is now, then NBC can say, well, it was a limited series anyway and try to wash its hands of all the marketing it put behind it.

So, yeah. Tossup for now. Let’s see where it goes in the next couple of weeks.


DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
😥 sure bet to be canceled by May 2016
😦 😦 likely to be canceled by May 2016
😐 😐 😐 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2016
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 likely to be renewed by May 2016
😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 sure bet to be renewed by May 2016

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show’s new episode adults 18-49 ratings to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its 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. Why live+same-day ratings? Because they correlate very closely with the rarely disclosed C3 ratings (viewing of commercials within three days of air), which are the basis for most ad deals.

Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.

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

(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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