NBC’s renew/cancel standings for week 26 of the 2015-16 season has bad news for an already-ended show, due mostly to the fact that those following it have done better so far.

NBC scripted average through March 20: 1.28

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 😥 0.71 0.55
Telenovela (O) 😦 😦 0.99 0.76
Undateable (F) 😦 😦 0.77 0.60
Grimm (F) (O) 😐 😐 😐 0.92 0.72
The Mysteries of Laura 😐 😐 😐 1.12 0.87
The Carmichael Show (O) 😐 😐 😐 1.2 0.94
Crowded (O) 😐 😐 😐 1.37 1.07
Shades of Blue (O) Renewed 1.19 0.93
The Blacklist Renewed 1.49 1.16
Superstore (O) Renewed 1.55 1.19
Chicago PD (O) Renewed 1.61 1.26
Law & Order: SVU (O) Renewed 1.69 1.32
Chicago Med (O) Renewed 1.76 1.38
Chicago Fire (O) Renewed 1.81 1.41
Blindspot Renewed 2.18 1.70


For the first half of the season, “Undateable” was the only comedy on NBC with anything resembling life. Granted, it was one of only two half-hours the network had on the air, and the other one (“Truth Be Told”) was an out-of-the-gate bomb. But “Undateable” scrapped along and did OK in its Friday spot.

Now, however, NBC has found some (modest) success with other comedies. “Superstore” is already renewed, and “The Carmichael Show” and “Crowded” are, at least in the early going, pulling better ratings.

If, as seems likely, NBC wants to add at least one new comedy next season, “Undateable” could be the odd show out. Sub-1.0 ratings are never a good thing on a Big Four network, but it didn’t look too bad in the fall. Now? It’s seeming more likely that a cancellation is afoot.


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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