NBC Renew/Cancel Week 11: Night Court Will Remain In Session

The NBC Renew/Cancel returns this week after an extended hiatus, as a new show debuts, lighting up the ratings charts. Keep reading for the initial prediction for Night Court.


Certain Cancellation:

Likely Cancellation:

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

Leans Renewal:

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)
Night Court (0.96, 0.94-0.98)
Saturday Night Live (0.76, 0.66-0.90)

Already Canceled/Final Season:
New Amsterdam

Already Renewed:
Quantum Leap

Coming Soon:
American Auto
The Blacklist
Grand Crew

Night Court: A reboot/revival of the comedy from the 1980s and 90s, the Melissa Rauch-fronted sitcom shocked the TV world with an explosive 1.0 debut. 1.0 was a huge deal when Young Rock premiered to it two years ago, and it's a far bigger deal now, at a time where the broadcast league average is just a 0.4. This is, undoubtedly, one of the biggest ratings moments of the season, and one of the biggest surprises as well. The simple fact is that Night Court was always very likely to be renewed so as it is, given NBC's penchant for renewing freshman comedies, but this is far beyond just scraping by. At a time where sitcoms seem to be in a completely dire state, Night Court managed to reignite things and notch the highest scripted rating of the season - and the highest non-sports rating for any broadcast show this season. Even after the initial hype wears off, the show is a slam-dunk case: it's a CERTAIN RENEWAL.

Lopez vs Lopez: Will the shock success of Night Court have any repercussions on Lopez vs Lopez? Not likely, no. While the Friday comedy is pretty low-rated in general, it's still basically in-line with what the three renewed NBC sitcoms from last season were doing, in a slot where expectations are likely pretty low. It also received a full-season order, the only NBC sitcom to do so since the fifth season of the veteran Superstore, in the 2019-20 season. NBC seems very likely to continue its habit of renewing all of its freshman comedies this season, at the expense of the veteran comedies. Lopez remains a LIKELY RENEWAL.

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

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