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. Linda Pars says

    PLEASE….PLEASE….PLEASE…..Bring back Harry’s Law! It was my favorite TV Series and I love Kathy Bates. I was devastated when they cancelled it……I hope NBC gets their brain fixed and return it back to us!

  2. A R says

    why are all the good shows getting cancelled. Stop with the reality tv. Why are all the shows being put on SUNDAY. There are other nights. Bring back Harry’s Law.

  3. says

    Here I am back again asking to please bring “Harry’s Law” back to TV, even if it’s with re-runs until you get a few more put together, I’d be happy. I watched it when it was on Monday, and most of the shows on NBC Monday have one lowsy program paired with another not worth watching. I liked “30 Rock”… I didn’t like “The Office”, I liked “The Office” for the brief time Fred Savage was on it a long time back, and at least it made some kind of sense then. That show was always all about nothing!!! Harry’s Law” linked to “30 Rock” would have been a great combination for Monday evening programing. Now “Go On” has been added. Would have been a great 2 hours entertainment from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. Later….

  4. Bob morningstar says

    i’am like the others i watch little tv but i never missed harry’s law. my wife and kids would like you to bring it back. thanks

  5. S A Collin says

    Harry’s Law was a refreshing, intelligent program that caused you to actually think. Everything else that we have watched is the same old stupid junk.Harry’s Law was well written and we thouroughly enjoyed it. We are tired of the same old stuff with lame attempts at humor and lacking most intelligence. We feel that you have made another bad choice in cancelling it. I guess we will have to look for another network to find something worth watching.

  6. says

    Here we go again, every time a show comes on that my wife and are nuts over it is canceled. With most the junk on tv it was refreshing to have a show you have to think about. Ms Bates is an outstanding actor and we have seen many of her movies and looked forward to her acting, we were disappointd to have this show canceled. We wonder what the exec`s do all day throw darts.

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