NBC Renew/Cancel Preseason Predictions

Hello everyone! Welcome to my NBC preseason predictions for which shows I think will either be renewed or canceled on their fall schedule. With the 2015-2016 season approaching, I think this is a great time to start discussing predictions for the fall TV shows! Please let me know what your predictions are in the comments below! I will try to respond to all of them!

Certain to be Canceled
  • The Mysteries of Laura
  • Truth Be Told
Likely to be Canceled
  • Heroes Reborn
  • The Player
  • Undateable
Likely to be Renewed
  • Blindspot
  • Chicago Med
  • Grimm
  • Law & Order: SVU
Certain to be Renewed
  • The Blacklist
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago P.D.
Now that you've seen my predictions, let me take some time to explain myself:

Certain to be Canceled
  • The Mysteries of Laura: The only reason The Mysteries of Laura was renewed in May was just so that NBC wouldn't be the only network to not renew any of its freshman shows. Also, I believe that the only reason The Mysteries of Laura appears on NBC's fall schedule is because NBC thought that FOX was going to move Empire into the Wednesday at 8/7c time-slot, so they would use Laura to be their sacrificial lamb to the biggest show on television.
  • Truth Be Told: Three words: Dead. On. Arrival.
Likely to be Canceled
  • Heroes Reborn: Yes, I do believe that this reboot of Heroes will launch with fairly respectable numbers. However, six to eight weeks into its run I think we will see a rapid decline in the ratings for this highly anticipated reboot. NBC will call this a "miniseries" and never even have to officially cancel it (Yes, I know this is already called a miniseries, but if it's a huge hit, then there will be a season two).
  • The Player: I definitely think that The Player will improve its time-slot ratings from the horrendous numbers of midseason-duds Allegiance and The Slap, but I don't think its numbers will be high enough for renewal. I think that it will settle around the 0.8-1.0 mark in ratings, which is just too low...even for NBC.
  • Undateable: This may be an unpopular opinion of mine. When NBC announced that Undateable would be getting the post-Voice slot this past spring, I had really high hopes for it. I started thinking that this show would become NBC's new comedy hit. However, its numbers started hitting the 1.2 mark and I soon realized that this would just not be the case. It followed NBC's biggest show and couldn't even pull mid 1s anymore. Even worse, NBC shipped it to Fridays this fall, along with the DOA show Truth Be Told. With only 23 episodes under its belt, Undateable will not likely be seen next season, especially with Hot & Bothered and Superstore coming to NBC this midseason (I think that both of these shows have a strong chance of becoming at least semi-hit comedies for the network).
Likely to be Renewed
  • Blindspot: Although this show's online following isn't the strongest (See my article: "List of New Shows by Their Facebook Likes"), Blindspot still has the advantage of having the post-Voice slot on Mondays at 10/9c. I think that this show will settle in the mid-lower 2s in ratings, and if it can consistently keep above a 2.0 rating, then it will most likely be renewed.
  • Chicago Med: Like Blindspot, this Chicago Fire/P.D.-spin-off also has a post-Voice slot (Tuesdays 9/8c). Although it faces stiff competition from the sure-to-be hit, Scream Queens, I think that Chicago Med has enough fans from its sister shows to be successful and will pull ratings very similar to them, if not a little higher, which is good enough for NBC to renew it.
  • Grimm: Although ratings have slowly been on the decline for Grimm, I feel like it still has one or two more seasons left. Its syndication deal with TNT is definitely a plus for the show, and its ratings are still OKAY for Friday nights. NBC has bigger fish to fry.
  • Law & Order: SVU: SVU is currently the longest running scripted non-animated U.S. primetime TV series, with 16 seasons and 366 episodes under its belt. Because it is only 4 seasons away from hitting 20 seasons, I believe that NBC will try everything to get it to 20 seasons...possibly even 21 (which would make it the longest running scripted series of all time). The only thing I can see getting in the way of this outstanding achievement would be contract agreements, which have made the show's fate questionable in the past.
Certain to be Renewed
  • The Blacklist: One word: syndication. This show will be entering its 3rd season with, most likely, 22 episodes. This means that only one more season of 22 episodes is needed to get it to the magic number of episodes for syndication: 88. After its 4th season, the fate of The Blacklist is definitely questionable because of its ratings decline.
  • Chicago Fire: This show provides what NBC needs most: stability. With that being said, NBC has bigger problems to worry about. Chicago Fire is not one of them.
  • Chicago P.D.: Again, syndication is a huge factor for me to label P.D. as "certain to be renewed." Although the first season of Chicago P.D. consisted of only 15 episodes, this show will have around 60-62 episodes at the end of the 2015-2016 television season. This means that the show will only need about 27 more episodes to reach the 88 episode mark, which seems a little too easy for NBC to even consider canceling this show. Also, P.D. offers more of the stability that NBC needs while they are trying to fix other parts of their schedule.
With all of that being said, what do YOU think? Leave me a comment below and tell me your predictions for the fates of these NBC shows. Also, make sure to look out for my NBC Renew/Cancel predictions EVERY SUNDAY this season! Thanks for reading!

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