NBC Renew/Cancel Week 9: Lopez vs. Lopez Is No Loser

The NBC Renew/Cancel returns this week, after a few weeks away, with some additional focus on the network's Friday comedy block. Keep reading to see which way things are pointing for both shows.

Certain Cancellation:

Likely Cancellation:

Leans Cancellation:
La Brea (0.39, 0.32-0.49)
Young Rock (0.27, 0.22-0.31)

Leans Renewal:
Quantum Leap (0.37, 0.33-0.47)

Likely Renewal:
Law & Order (0.48, 0.43-0.60)
Law & Order: Organized Crime (0.47, 0.41-0.62)
Lopez vs. Lopez (0.30, 0.26-0.33)

Certain Renewal:
Chicago Fire (0.66, 0.58-0.77)
Chicago Med (0.62, 0.56-0.70)
Chicago PD (0.60, 0.51-0.68)
Law & Order: SVU (0.56, 0.50-0.69)
Saturday Night Live (0.76, 0.66-0.90)

Already Canceled/Final Season:
New Amsterdam

Coming Soon:
American Auto
The Blacklist
Grand Crew
Night Court
Untitled Mike O'Malley Comedy  

Lopez vs. Lopez: Since our last update, things have been looking up for Lopez vs Lopez. While the show always looked more likely to be picked up for season two than not, its recent full-season pickup sure seems to solidify that. NBC hasn't had a full-season comedy on their lineup since Superstore's cancellation. Before that, you'd have to go back TEN years - to 2012 - to find an NBC comedy with a full 22-episode season. In this era, it is extremely rare for an NBC comedy to have a full season, which makes Lopez's extension an even bigger deal. NBC seems to be investing in a full season of Friday comedy, and sees Lopez as a key piece in that plan. For their efforts thus far, NBC is being somewhat rewarded. The Friday comedy hour isn't doing any sort of spectacular ratings, but the shows are doing slightly better than The Blacklist did earlier this year, and are clear improvements on Home Sweet Home (which, if you understandably need a refresher on what that is, is a real reality show that NBC aired last fall). In many ways, Lopez vs Lopez is like the early 2000s series that made George Lopez a household name - airing on a network that is struggling in the comedy department, it has managed to carve out a niche on Friday nights, with so-so ratings that seem destined to keep it around for a while. No one is going to confuse this show for a hit, but it doesn't need to be to get by on NBC. It's a LIKELY RENEWAL.

Young Rock: I have been down on this show's chances of a renewal for virtually its entire third season. Like many NBC comedies, it didn't really deserve a renewal all that much last season, and then it dropped further this season. It's also pretty expensive, without having too many episodes produced (which means prospects of syndication - which, to be fair, is not a massive motivating factor for non-CBS networks to begin with in 2022 - are minimal). The weak Friday ratings seemed like it may be just enough to kill it, especially with Lopez looking stronger and Night Court and American Auto receiving priority treatment with their Tuesday night scheduling. However, the show is far from dead. Just last week, it hit a season high 0.31. It's just one rating, but that's solid retention from Lopez vs Lopez (which hit 0.33) and a perfectly acceptable rating for Friday nights. Heck, Blue Bloods only did a few hundredths better on the same night. I still think Rock is in some trouble, but it's very much a tossup at this point. It didn't slip into 0.2s as I had anticipated after the weak premiere, and I believe a renewal is quite possible if it can hold around this current level. Its ratings in 2023 will really paint a full picture, but as of now, I'm much less sure about my LEANS CANCELLATION prediction - though I won't change it just yet.

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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