It’s that time of year again: Time to start sweating whether your favorite cult TV series will make it to another season. You can make your voice heard over the next couple of weeks with Zap2it‘s keep-or-kill polls. The final round comes from NBC.
A year ago, NBC was (justifiably!) riding high after pulling itself out of the network cellar. It had a big, fat new hit in “The Blacklist,” “The Voice” was going strong, and shows like “Grimm,” “Chicago Fire” and “Law & Order: SVU” gave it building blocks on almost every night of the week.
Now? Not great, Bob Greenblatt. NBC still leads its broadcast competitors among adults 18-49 this season, but that’s thanks mostly to having aired the Super Bowl in February. None of its new series have really popped, “The Voice” has declined some, and moving “The Blacklist” to Thursdays hasn’t helped the rest of the night any (though it was still probably the right call).
The network also has a pretty sizable crop of bubble shows. Does NBC write this season off completely, or does it keep a few of these shows around for stability’s sake next year? Decide for yourself with the polls below.
The case for them: NBC might still want to be in business with “Happy Endings” creator David Caspe (“Marry Me”) and “Parenthood” showrunner Jason Katims (“About a Boy”)?
The case against them: The two Tuesday-night comedies faced dwindling ratings even with “The Voice” as a lead-in in the fall, and they flatlined once it went on its winter hiatus. Both have unaired episodes with no return date. That’s pretty much never an encouraging sign.
The case for it: Despite terrible initial reviews, the show’s total audience is really pretty sizable: 7.6 million viewers in same-day ratings, 9.4 million with DVR watching added in. And it has gotten (marginally) better over the course of the season.
The case against it: The people watching are not demographically desirable to advertisers: It scores a 1.7 among adults 18-49 in Live +7 ratings, giving NBC another “Harry’s Law”-like decision to make come May.
The case for it: After a decently rated summer run in 2014, the show got a post-“Voice” berth on Mondays this spring and has held its own. Few summer shows moved in-season can make that claim.
The case against it: Terminally low buzz, unless people are making fun of its key art.
The case for it: It’s proven a decent companion to “Undateable” (see below), and NBC may want to stay in business with executive producer Ellen DeGeneres. The network also has next to nothing as a comedy brand right now, making even middling ratings seem more attractive.
The case against it: Critics have not been kind, and the show’s short run (just six episodes) may not be enough to show it can course-correct and grow. And those ratings? Marginal at best, even with NBC’s weak comedy crop now.
The case for it: Its Live +7 ratings are on par with those of “The Night Shift,” and it accomplished that without “The Voice” as a lead-in for half of its season. NBCUniversal also owns the show, which could help.
The case against it: “State of Affairs” was hardly the “Blacklist” replacement NBC wanted and needed it to be.
The case for it: Like “The Night Shift,” its summer-to-in-season transition has gone pretty well. It’s holding a better percentage of “The Voice” audience than “Marry Me” did, and thanks to the lead-in its ratings are up over the summer.
The case against it: Without “The Voice,” it’s unlikely the show would be doing as well as it is.