NBC Renew/Cancel Week 4: Found Finds Itself in a Strong Position

It's been some time since our last NBC Renew/Cancel, as there has been very little to discuss, with only three primetime scripted series on NBC this fall. Nevertheless, there has been som recent action that is spurring a prediction change. Keep reading to find out what it is!

Certain Cancellation:

Likely Cancellation:

Leans Cancellation:

Leans Renewal:
The Irrational (0.29, 0.24-0.34)
Quantum Leap (0.30, 0.28-0.32)

Likely Renewal:
Found (0.33, 0.25-0.40)

Certain Renewal:
Saturday Night Live (0.77, 0.60-0.96)

Already Canceled/Final Season:
La Brea
Magnum PI

Coming Soon: 
Chicago Fire
Chicago Med
Chicago PD
Extended Family
Law & Order
Law & Order: Organized Crime
Law & Order: SVU
Lopez vs Lopez
Night Court

Found: After two weaker datapoints in a row, Found bounced back last week with an above-average showing, drawing a 0.37. That's up 0.12 from the series low it drew just a week prior, and while it remains to be seen if it will hold steady there, it's enough for me to be confident in upgrading the show this week. I was cautious in my prediction early on, fearing it would crumble, but it as remained mostly solid in live+SD ratings and NBC has bragged about the show being one of their strongest shows ever on Peacock. With all that it has going for it, and all that NBC has done to hype up the show, it seems extremely unlikely that they would suddenly cancel the highest-rated scripted show from their fall lineup, even if the competition for it was minimal. It's a LIKELY RENEWAL.

The Irrational: Last week, over a week after its midseason finale, NBC announced that they were ordering an additional episode of The Irrational. The show's ratings have been passable at best, and they probably don't need to renew this show, but the fact that they've gone through the trouble of extending it at all is probably a good sign for its future. Of course, a one-episode extension is far from what we would expect in most normal seasons, but the strikes have made this season anything but normal. I'm still not confident about its future, but this helps me feel a bit more secure in predicting a renewal for now. It LEANS RENEWAL

La Brea: After predicting a cancellation last season and being wrong, I started out this season pretty sure that season three would be the end of La Brea, labeling it a Likely Cancellation in my pre-season Renew/Cancel. This turned out to be an accurate call, as NBC announced today that that short third season, which was said to have been ordered as strike-proof programming despite not airing in the fall at all, will be its last. The show's ratings have made this far from a surprise, and NBC likely won't have much trouble filling this show's shoes.

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

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