NBC Renew/Cancel Week 11: American Auto Speeds Into Pole Position Among NBC Comedies


This week on the NBC Renew/Cancel, I take another look at NBC's two newest comedies - American Auto and Grand Crew. Keep reading for my updated takes on the shows!

Certain Cancellation:
Ordinary Joe (0.33, 0.22-0.52)

Likely Cancellation: 

Leans Cancellation:
Grand Crew (0.35, 0.30-0.40)
Kenan (0.32, 0.26-0.36)

Leans Renewal:
American Auto (0.38, 0.27-0.50)
The Blacklist (0.34, 0.29-0.42)

Likely Renewal:

Certain Renewal:
Law & Order: Organized Crime (0.57, 0.50-0.67)
Saturday Night Live (0.94, 0.82-1.04)

Already Renewed:
Chicago Fire
Chicago Med
Chicago PD
La Brea
Law & Order: SVU
New Amsterdam

Already Canceled/Final Season:
This Is Us

Coming Soon:
The Endgame
Mr. Mayor
The Thing About Pam
Young Rock

American Auto: After a rough, nearly hopeless start, things are looking up for American Auto. The show returned in its regular time slot last week by rising from its hour-long post-Voice preview, though its 0.39 was still a pretty discouraging start. However, it defied expectations in week two and rose more than a tenth to a 0.50. This could be a short-term gain that will evaporate by next week, but even if it's down to 0.4, that's still acceptable enough for a comedy on NBC at this point. Kenan only got a 0.35 in an 8 PM slot on Monday (with a 0.29 at 8:30), despite having less competition from CBS than it did the previous week. At this point, it seems that American Auto is the strongest comedy out of the three that NBC is airing. If they plan on renewing any of these comedies, and I'm assuming they will renew at least one, then American Auto is the best bet. It LEANS RENEWAL.

Grand Crew: After its premiere, it looked DOA. After its return last week, it still looked... DOA. This week, it has a bit of life. Not a ton, but for the first time, it actually looked renewable. With a 0.38 at 8:30, beating Kenan's 8:30 episode for a second week in a row, Grand Crew seems to have solidified its position as the "middle child" of the current NBC comedies. It's not as "strong" as American Auto, but not as weak as Kenan. I still don't think it's heading towards a renewal, but it wouldn't be terribly surprising, either. NBC has shown in the past few seasons that they are willing to renew low-rated comedies that they believe in creatively. If Grand Crew can continue pulling passable ratings, it may be able to secure a second season. For now, though, it LEANS CANCELLATION.

What do you think of my predictions? What are your predictions? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll of the week!

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