NBC Renew/Cancel: Great News is a Likely Renewal...For Now

Predictions for 4/28/17

What's up guys! Welcome to the latest NBC Renew/Cancel. For this edition, we'll be taking a look at the newest edition to the table, Great News. Check out last week's predictions here.


  • Show Title (Average adults 18-49 rating/Most recent rating)


  • Grimm (0.8/0.9)

Certain Cancellation

  • Emerald City (0.7/0.7)
  • Powerless (0.7/0.6)
  • Timeless (1.1/0.9)
  • Taken (1.0/0.8)

Powerless did not air an episode yesterday. After being preempted twice for repeats of Trial & Error, NBC officially took it off the schedule after 9 episodes. Superstore has taken over its slot for the remainder of the season, with a repeat of itself at 8. The question is not whether or not Powerless will be renewed anymore, but whether or not it will even air out its entire episode order. Until NBC officially announces its fate, I'm keeping Powerless in this category, but it is essentially canceled. 

The latest episode of Taken tied its season low with just a 0.8 in the 18-49 demographic, it also brought its average down to just a 1.0. This just won't cut it for a series airing after The Voice. 

Emerald City and Timeless have ended their seasons and both had poor ratings. I highly doubt any of the two will be returning.

Likely Cancellation 

  • The Blacklist: Redemption (0.8/0.7)
  • Blindspot (1.1/0.9)
  • Trial & Error (0.9/0.7)

Blindspot returned after a lengthy hiatus and remained steady with its last original outing. Still, it trails its Wednesday counterparts and is down 42% from last year. Out of the shows in this category, I would be the least surprised if Blindspot returns, but I still don't see it returning unless it suddenly grows in the next couple weeks. 

The Blacklist: Redemption and Trial & Error have finished their seasons. Like Emerald City and Timeless, both have done too poorly to warrant a renewal, but they are still not 100% dead. Blacklist Redemption could possibly be bundled up with The Blacklist while Trial & Error could possibly return because of how few returning comedies that NBC has. But, don't expect any 3 of these shows to return.    

  • None

Likely Renewal

  • The Blacklist (1.0/0.8)
  • Chicago Justice (1.1/1.0)
  • Great News (1.1/1.0)

The Blacklist tied its series low for last night's airing. But, the series still isn't doing too bad compared to most 10 pm shows, Shades of Blue has gone as low as a 0.7. NBC will also want to get more episodes for syndication, so Blacklist is a safe bet.

Chicago Justice inched up to a 1.0 for its latest episode. That may not seem like much, but it tied for the highest-rated scripted show of the night on broadcast. It is a vast improvement over last year's Carmichael Show and Crowded and has shown that it is not dependent on its Little Big Shots lead-in. It is most likely returning and continues to be on the higher end of scripted shows on Sunday. 

The latest edition to the table is Great News. The comedy averaged a 1.1 for its premiere airing after The Voice. That may seem weak, but it wasn't far off from Trial & Error's 1.2, which had a much larger lead-in from This Is Us. Still, Great News has very little room to fall before it's too low to renew. I'm keeping it in this category unless/until it falls below a 1.0, simply because NBC is in a comedy drought. Their strongest comedy, Superstore, managed just a 0.8 for its latest episode. Aside from that, their only other solid performing comedy is The Good Place. NBC most likely wants more than two returning comedies and if Great News can hold on to passable ratings, it has a chance to snatch up another season. 

Certain Renewal

  • Chicago Fire (1.6/1.3)
  • Chicago Med (1.2/1.0)
  • Chicago P.D.(1.4/1.2)
  • Law & Order: SVU (1.4/1.1)

All four dramas are guaranteed to return and are some of NBC's highest rated programs.


  • This Is Us (2.7/3.4)
  • Superstore (1.2/0.8)
  • The Good Place (1.4/1.1)
  • Shades of Blue (0.8/0.7)

Poll of the Week

Which comedy would you renew?

Trial & Error

Great News

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