NBC scripted average through Feb. 14: 1.33

NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 21 of the 2015-16 season, which aren’t too bright for a show about the the end of the world:

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 1.21 0.88
You, Me and the Apocalypse 😦 😦 1.05 0.78
Telenovela (O) 😦 😦 1.06 0.79
Undateable (F) 😐 😐 😐 0.77 0.57
Grimm (F) (O) 😐 😐 😐 0.91 0.68
The Mysteries of Laura 😐 😐 😐 1.13 0.84
Superstore (O) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.64 1.22
Shades of Blue (O) Renewed 1.38 1.03
The Blacklist Renewed 1.53 1.14
Chicago PD (O) Renewed 1.59 1.19
Law & Order: SVU (O) Renewed 1.69 1.26
Chicago Fire (O) Renewed 1.84 1.37
Chicago Med (O) Renewed 1.86 1.39
Blindspot Renewed 2.32 1.73


“You, Me and the Apocalypse” is a co-production between NBC Universal’s international arm and Working Title. It aired on Sky 1 in the U.K. in the fall before premiering on NBC in the States a few weeks ago.

With all that involved, it could in some cases be tough to predict whether the show would get a second season. This is not one of those cases.

“Apocalypse” is currently drawing lower ratings than “Heroes Reborn” (by about 20 percent) did in the same timeslot earlier in the season. “The Blacklist” is stable at 9 on Thursdays, and “Shades of Blue” has done well enough at 10 to earn a pickup (albeit for what’s likely another short season). That leaves the leadoff spot as the problem child on Thursday nights.

Whatever NBC tries there next season, it probably won’t be another round of people waiting for the world to end.


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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