Harry’s Law: New NBC Legal Drama; Cancel or Keep It?

Harry's LawLast week, NBC unveiled their newest legal drama series, Harry’s Law. Interestingly, this isn’t a new Law & Order spin-off but rather the brainchild of David E. Kelley who created shows like ABC’s Boston Legal. He also worked on NBC’s popular LA Law many years ago. Will this legal series last as long as those or be quickly cancelled instead?

Harry’s Law revolves around Harriet “Harry” Korn (Kathy Bates), a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer. She’s abruptly fired from her blue chip law firm, forcing her to search for a fresh start. Harry finds it when she meets Malcolm Davies (Aml Ameen), a college student who desperately needs her help and ends up working for her. A young legal hotshot named Adam Branch (Nate Corddry) accidentally hits her and gives up his corporate job to join the team. With the help of Harry’s shoe-obsessed assistant, Jenna (Brittany Snow), they open for business as Harriet’s Law and Fine Shoes.

The TV series debuted last Monday and it attracted an okay 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.07 million viewers. It ranked in second place for the timeslot though probably would have been third if Castle had not been a repeat. Though that’s not a great debut, it’s a 47% improvement over Chase’s last original episode in the same timeslot. That’s very positive for NBC.

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Last night’s episode of Harry’s Law drew a 2.1 in the demo and 10.43 million viewers. That’s a loss of about 5% in the demo from the premiere but still positive since most shows lose between 10 and 15% of their viewership in week two. Most people who watched last week obviously liked it and returned and perhaps even told a friend or two.

After just two airings, Harry’s Law ranks in sixth place on the list of NBC’s most-watched scripted programs, just below 30 Rock. That’s very positive, especially considering NBC’s string of bad luck in the Mondays at 10pm timeslot. If the series can sustain or even build on these early numbers, it looks certain that NBC will renew it for season two.

But, what do you think? Do you like Harry’s Law? Do you think NBC should keep it going or just cancel it? What do you like or dislike about the new series?

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  1. Rosemarie Peluso says

    The show is wonderful. It would be a big mistake to remove it. The cast is teriffic and believe me the older group of people that are watching the show are the ones that should be considered instead of the younger age group that the media thinks spends more money than seniors…take a good look at all these college graduates that do not have jobs and then look at all the retirees that are out there spending thsir retirement

  2. Jim and Debbie Duae says

    Say it isn’t so? Harry’s Law is one of the best shows on TV. The reason it was canceled is insane. Just because your over 49 does not make you dead. We older folk spend money too. So for the show to be canceled because the commercials presumable to not fit our age crowed is just plain stupid. Labeling is everything that is wrong with this world.

  3. June says

    Please return Harry’s Law to your fall list of keepers. It has substance, humor, and an understandable approach to current day problems. The strategies in the courtroom are not only entertaining, but provide a chance to see varied viewpoints in the plots. Too, the casting is GREAT and the plots or either meaningful, or deliberately whacky, but always entertaining. There are so few shows of merit for adult viewers–Harry counts among the few.

    • Darrylyn Saldana says

      Sirs and Madams: Reading the LA Times this morning, 6/13/12 in the Calendar Page 14. I see you are in error about what the age group is watching????? I am over 49 for sometime and Love Harry”s Law. It’s very interesting, fun, cute and Harriet Korn . Bad move on Ch 4’s part, took it off my Play List . No KNBC….Signing Harry”s Law to an extension should be a top priority for the viewers in the over 49 age group,are you in the group??????? You should watch it, you might get where you won’t want to miss it either….. KEEP IT ON, It’s good and enjoyable….THANKS

  4. Phil and Marti Middleton says

    We love Harry’s Law! Why would you want to cancel one of the best shows on TV? We watch it religiously … never miss a show, no matter what time it is on. It has stories that are up to date and serious or funny. But you need to know that there are a lot of baby boomers who watch TV like we do, and appreciate only the really good stuff. Well Harry’s Law is really good stuff! Please don’t cancel it!!

  5. gale says

    please keep it. I’m a 32 yr old wife & mother of 2 . Harry’s law has more morals & values scripted into its scenes than most cartoons nowadays. my family enjoys watching the show together. I have teen cousins in Mississippi & new York who also watch. please keep this show!!!!

  6. Joan Boothby says

    Shame on NBC for saying they are cancelling this show, because – the audience is too old. Well, phoey on you. You wonder why you don’t compete with the other Networks? You finally have a show that crosses all age lines – young actors – Adam, Phoebe, attrack the younger audience, then Ollie and Cassie attrack the 30 set and Harry, Tommy, and Jean Smart pull in those you say are -old. This is unbelievable.
    All of you must be in your 20’s and do not listen to your parents or Grandparents on shows that are on TV.
    Besides this is a well written show, that presents – up to date criminal cases that we read about in the newspaper.It makes us laugh, cry and ponder some of the issues insociety today.
    I certainly hope that you rethink this show and bring it back. As Cathy Bates said in the last show – I will do everything in my power to make sure we are back. I hope she does. I will be sending daily posts and keep harping to – BRING THIS SHOW BACK

  7. GraceW says

    With all the crap on TV, why would NBC cancel this well-written, beautifully acted and highly entertaining program? I know they don’t care about the “older demographic,” but they are wasting their time thinking the real consumers are under 30. We have the money and we have the time. I abhor their assumption that we don’t matter. Harry’s Law is brilliant and deserves to stay on the air…

  8. Rita says

    When I read that this show was being cancelled…I was just floored!!! What’s the matter with the scheduling people out there? You finally get a show on the air that makes you laugh, cry & think & you want to let it go? Kathy Bates is such a delight to watch & also all the other castmates. My husband & I enjoy watching this everyweek & sure do hope you’ll bring it back! The older (as we’re called) demographics are just as important to the viewing audience & should be listened to. I would think all age groups would enjoy this show, please reconsider keeping it on the air! Thank You!

  9. Teri Benwell says

    We never miss this show. It has serious parts, good laughs and we love it. We love ALL the charactors and love the way Tommy has come to be a good guy instaed of a show-off. It’s just a great combination of people and we really look forward to each and every episode. Liked to have died laughing, the episode when Cassy was faking a come-on to Tomy and Harry asked him if he was ‘comin’ and he said no and then yes. The writers do a great job with this show.
    Please DO NOT cancel this show.

  10. Bob says

    I’m very surprised that NBC would cancel such a good show. The wife and I looked forward to watching this show. I travel a lot so we always DVR’d the show so we could watch it together. I sure wish NBC would reconsider

  11. Gail says

    I loved first season, but do not like the sex in the second (two lawyers) ..It does not need SEX…Harry, and the young men (in the first season) did a wonderfu job….Now we have all the others….Harry does not need them, except the NUT, kind of add to it!

  12. says

    The show is great and it would be a tragedy to take it off. I did like it better when it was in the shoe store where you would wonder if someone would come in to hold up the place or shoot someone. Don’t cancel the show it is great and has character.

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