NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 23 of the 2015-16 season, featuring the question of what to do about a certain cop-mom:

NBC scripted average through Feb. 28: 1.3

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 😥 0.82 0.63
Telenovela (O) 😦 😦 0.99 0.76
Undateable (F) 😐 😐 😐 0.77 0.59
Grimm (F) (O) 😐 😐 😐 0.91 0.70
The Mysteries of Laura 😐 😐 😐 1.11 0.85
Shades of Blue (O) Renewed 1.26 0.97
The Blacklist Renewed 1.49 1.15
Superstore (O) Renewed 1.55 1.19
Chicago PD (O) Renewed 1.62 1.25
Law & Order: SVU (O) Renewed 1.69 1.30
Chicago Med (O) Renewed 1.76 1.35
Chicago Fire (O) Renewed 1.81 1.39
Blindspot Renewed 2.32 1.78


NBC has already renewed 11 1/2 hours’ worth of prime-time programming for next season, including “Sunday Night Football.” Factor in the all-but certain pickup of “The Voice” and a couple “Datelines,” and that’s three-quarters of what the network needs to fill out a given week.

Of the five shows NBC has already aired this season that are still in limbo, “The Mysteries of Laura” is the highest-rated — albeit with only a 1.11. “Laura” is also ending its season after one more episode, which doesn’t speak to a great deal of confidence in the show.

Still, as NBC’s scripted average has inched down, “Laura’s” low-but-steady numbers don’t look bad. If it got renewed last season with a 1.2 average, it wouldn’t be the greatest surprise to see it picked up again with a 1.1. Nor would it shock anyone to see the show go away.


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

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