NBC scripted average through Feb. 21: 1.31

NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 22 of the 2015-16 season circles back to a show whose season is already done.

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 😥 0.88 0.67
Telenovela (O) 😦 😦 1.0 0.76
Undateable (F) 😐 😐 😐 0.77 0.59
Grimm (F) (O) 😐 😐 😐 0.91 0.69
The Mysteries of Laura 😐 😐 😐 1.12 0.85
Superstore (O) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.57 1.20
Shades of Blue (O) Renewed 1.3 0.99
The Blacklist Renewed 1.51 1.15
Chicago PD (O) Renewed 1.62 1.24
Law & Order: SVU (O) Renewed 1.71 1.31
Chicago Med (O) Renewed 1.79 1.37
Chicago Fire (O) Renewed 1.82 1.39
Blindspot Renewed 2.32 1.77


NBC’s comedy track record this season is as mixed as it is light: There’s one likely renewal (“Superstore”), one cancellation (“Truth Be Told”), one more probably headed that way (“Telenovela”) and “Undateable,” which — let’s be honest here — no one thought would make it to a third, or maybe even a second, season.

Yet “Undateable” scrapped along and got those renewals. Its ratings were not great, even by Friday standards, but if NBC continues to try to build its multi-camera comedy stable with the likes of “The Carmichael Show” and “Crowded” (both of which premiere in March), it’s not out of the realm to see the network building a legitimate comedy block somewhere next season.

Could “Undateable” be part of that? It would be just about unprecedented for a Big Four network to renew a show with sub-1.0 ratings, and NBC doesn’t own it. But something won’t let the Bear budge the show from that tossup status.


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.

Posted by:The Cancel Bear

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

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