NBC Renew/Cancel Week 14: Lopez vs. Ratings + NBC Renew/Cancel March Madness Championship

This week on the NBC Renew/Cancel, further developments weaken one show's argument for renewal. Plus, it's the championship match of the NBC Renew/Cancel March Madness!

Certain Cancellation:

Likely Cancellation:
Lopez vs Lopez (0.26, 0.21-0.29)

Leans Cancellation:

Leans Renewal:
Extended Family (0.28, 0.22-0.71)
Law & Order: Organized Crime (0.37, 0.27-0.46)

Likely Renewal:
Night Court (0.33, 0.28-0.46)

Certain Renewal:
Saturday Night Live (0.72, 0.60-0.96)

Already Canceled/Final Season:
La Brea (0.19, 0.17-0.21)
Magnum PI (0.26, 0.21-0.32)
Quantum Leap (0.25, 0.18-0.32)

Already Renewed:
Chicago Fire (0.54, 0.47-0.63)
Chicago Med (0.53, 0.47-0.62)
Chicago PD (0.51, 0.46-0.57)
Found (0.31, 0.25-0.40)
The Irrational (0.27, 0.19-0.34)
Law & Order (0.42, 0.37-0.48)
Law & Order: SVU (0.51, 0.35-0.62) 

Lopez vs Lopez: Last week, in the show's debut in this column, I highlighted the fact that Lopez vs Lopez was likely done. Despite that, I pointed out that its ratings were still relatively OK for an NBC comedy, rating pretty much the same as that Night Court/Extended Family lineup that aired in the earlier part of the season. This week... 'twas not the case. Its 0.27 at 8 was lower than anything Night Court has done so far, and its 0.21 at 8:30 went below even the lowest point of Extended Family's run. Any sort of ratings argument that the show had for renewal after last week's so-so premiere was erased this week, as the show is now looking like NBC's weakest comedy. As the strongest comedy, Night Court looks safe, and it seems like a safe bet that NBC would rather give Extended Family a second chance than give Lopez vs Lopez a third. They don't seem too high on the show to begin with, considering how down-to-the-wire its renewal seemed to be last season. It's being downgraded to a LIKELY CANCELLATION.

Quantum Leap: This week, NBC took one more show out of contention for next season, announcing that Quantum Leap was canceled. This one wasn't a surprise, as only La Brea rated lower than it among NBC's scripted fare. Its first season was relatively mediocre to begin with, ratings-wise, and it remained mediocre in its fall episodes this season, but the show was an utter ratings disaster. by the time it moved to Tuesdays, sinking to 0.18. The move to ten was a warning sign, and the ratings ensured that this would be two-and-out.

NBC Renew/Cancel March Madness Championship!

After three weeks of voting, we've narrowed it down to two shows to face off in the championship match! Law & Order: SVU, the #4 seed, defeated Found in a landslide in this round, after previously defeating Chicago PD and Extended Family. Found lucked out by eking out narrow wins in lower-viewed matches the last two times, but was no match for SVU, receiving just 5% of the vote. SVU will face #14 seed, the canceled CBS-turned-NBC procedural Magnum PI. Magnum has put up impressive performances throughout this tournament, defeating tough competition from Law & Order and Chicago Med. It seemed destined to meet its Waterloo this week after trailing SVU's spinoff, Law & Order: Organized Crime, for much of the week, but it pulled ahead mid-week and took 60% of the vote in the end. Voting for the championship game will be open until next Thursday, with the voting for the championship game being kept secret to add a bit of suspense. You can also vote in the ABC March Madness here, the Fox March Madness here, and the CBS March Madness here.

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

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