Harry’s Law: Finale Airs Tonight; To Be Cancelled or Renewed?

Harry's Law cancelled or renewed?A couple months ago, NBC premiered a new legal TV series from David E. Kelley called Harry’s Law. The series started out decently in the ratings but has fallen quite a bit since then. Tonight is the season finale. Will it be back for season two or end up cancelled?

Harry’s Law revolves around Harriet “Harry” Korn (Kathy Bates), a cranky former patent lawyer. She’s abruptly fired from a big firm, forcing Harry to search for a fresh start. She 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 Harry and gives up his corporate job to join the team. With the help of Harry’s footwear-obsessed assistant, Jenna (Brittany Snow), they open for business as Harriet’s Law and Fine Shoes.

The NBC series debuted in January with a 2.2 rating in the prized 18-49 demographic and 11.07 million viewers. That was an improvement of nearly 50% in the demo when compared to the last original episode of Chase, the previous timeslot occupant and NBC has had a hard time filling that spot for quite some time. The second episode only came down 5% to a 2.1 rating and 10.43 million. Week three held steady. It was looking like NBC had a hit — or as close as the network seems to get these days.

Then, the fourth installment took a big tumble, dropping 19% to a 1.7 demo rating and 9.22 million. It stayed at that level for a couple weeks, popped up to a 1.8 rating, and has most recently been holding steady at a 1.6 rating. That’s pretty close to what Chase had been doing and that’s all but cancelled.

Tonight marks the twelfth and final episode of the season and Harry’s Law is averaging a 1.8 rating and 9.54 million viewers. It’s the 10th highest rated scripted series on the network, tied with Chuck. On the other big networks, the series would certainly doomed but NBC has lots of ratings problems.

In truth, based on the demo numbers alone, NBC shouldn’t bring back this series for a second season. However, though it ranks towards the bottom of the demo rankings, it’s the most-watched TV show on the network. Though that doesn’t count for much, considering the state of NBC, it may be enough to get Harry’s Law a renewal.

On the other hand, with David E. Kelley likely having another series on NBC next season — the new Wonder Woman — network execs might prefer that he focus on that one and let Harry’s Law go. If they don’t like the Wonder Woman pilot, that may be enough to save Kathy Bates and company.

NBC probably won’t reveal the fate of Harry’s Law until the advertiser upfronts on May 16th. We’ll keep you posted.

What do you think? Should Harry’s Law be renewed or cancelled? If it does comes back, how would you suggest they change it to attract more viewers?

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  1. Barbara Galvin says

    Harry’s Law was one of the most humane and well done comedy/drama shows. Bring it back and let us be rid of the horror drama and inept productions known as reality shows.

  2. JoAnn says

    I love Harry’s Law. I was also a big Boston Legal fan. Harry’s Law felt real life & Kathy Bates played a character we would all want to meet. Please bring it back to us.

  3. junelle columbus says

    please do not cancel this program, I’m an avid watcher , as I am seeing and hearing many other coment’s that feel the same. only a lay person , but your decision makes no sense, when everyone ive heard comments on Cathy Bates & how they love her & all the whit & just the show period is great. so please re think this & bring her back!

  4. Lucy Melliadis says

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring back Harry’s Law. We love it and with so few shows that are not reality shows we will miss it greatly.

  5. Shelby says

    I love Harry’s law!! It is the one show I must see and tape to watch. I don’t agree with a lot of the politcs but I enjoy their relationships and how they care for each other. Please bring it back

  6. Linda says

    Love Harry’s Law. Look forward to each episode. Love Kathy Bates and Jean Smart. Why would NBC cancel good shows such as this one and keep and keep those not worth watching. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL.

  7. ellen sipley says

    can not believe such a good show would be cancelled. Was looking forward to the fall season because it is one of our very favorite shows. Love the characters and the thoughtful cases that they judging in the courtroom.
    With so many dumb shows on TV……..makes me nervous that so many viewers are “into” trash.

  8. Robert Tarkington says

    I love the show, can’t figure out why they would want to cancel it though. It is one of the best shows out that the family can watch. It keeps one coming back. Don’t cancel it.

  9. Christine says

    I think it should come back, should not have ever been cancelled in the first place, this show is fantastic & I could not wait for the next episode to come on…its funny its emotional and its the greatest show on tv….please bring it back I am begging you

  10. Anonymous says

    I love Harry’s law please bring it back. Though I liked it better the first season when just anyone could walk in the store front.

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