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Parenthood: Mixed Reviews, Cancel or Keep It?

ParenthoodAfter endless commercials during the Olympics and lots of print ads, NBC’s Parenthood has debuted. The show has experienced several bumps on its journey to primetime but now it’s finally here and NBC has high hopes for the series. Will it be a hit?

Parenthood revolves around the extended and very colorful Braverman family of Northern California. The large cast includes Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Mae Whitman, Miles Heizer, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, Dax Shepard, Joy Bryant, Monica Potter, Sarah Ramos, and Max Burkholder.

Last night’s premiere debuted to an average of 8.1 million viewers with a 3.1 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. That put Parenthood in second place in total viewers (behind The Good Wife) but in first place in the demo. There was also very little erosion of the audience during the course of the episode.

While it’s positive that Parenthood won its timeslot in the demo, the numbers are surely not as good as NBC was hoping for, especially considering all of the promotion. Still, considering the state of the rest on NBC’s schedule, this should be considered a victory for the ailing peacock network.

As per usual, we’ll have to see how many viewers return week after week to know if Parenthood has a real chance at survival. For now, things look positive.

What do you think? Is Parenthood worth watching or are you changing the channel? Cancel or keep it?


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Denise March 3, 2012 at 8:48 am

Please keep Parenthood! The writers are amazing, which is hard to find today in TVland!@ My husband does not watch TV unless it is a sporting event, but this show he likes because of the writers! Please let us continue to watch some great TV!


patty March 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Please keep Parenthood!!!! It is my favorite!!!


joe March 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm

keep the show I always watch it and so does many of my co-workers


Linda February 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Absolutely one of the best series! Real people with real life problems.ENOUGH OF ALL THE REALITY CRAP SHOWS! This is a real show with real people with real problems that
We all can relate to. PLEASE PLEASE DON’T CANCEL IT!
We the real people love it and need a real life program to enjoy!


rv December 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Love this show. Where is it? Love all the characters. Like that there is an autistic son in the show and can kind of get an idea of what that disability is like, that the grandparents have their own rocky relationship, that one of the characters has infertility problems. Like that it’s set in Berkeley unlike other shows that are set in less interesting areas. When is it coming back???


wunpak December 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

just starting to get interesting and that new girl Rachel…WOW. please continue this show,if its okay with Lauren.


Shjwildrover October 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Love this show please keep it on………


KellyF September 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

Please, Please, Please do NOT cancel. Love this show. Nice to see something worth watching instead of all of this reality garbage!!!!


Debbie April 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm



Tammy B June 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

Love the show please start playing it again


Tammy June 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

Gotta keep the show its the best when will it be back on tv


Anonymous June 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

Do not cancel the show and does anyone know when its gonna come back on tv


Susan May 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I love this show…It just warms my heart….real families with real problems and great solutions without ‘reality tv crap!’ Not to mention language friendly!


Mary May 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm

PLEASE do not cancel this show! It is a great family drama and cast beyond belief!I watch it faithfully, as do my friends….it would be such a loss if you discontinued it!!!!!


KC May 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Dont cancel! I love this show


Amy May 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE……….. Don’t cancel this show! It’s the only show my husband and I actually watch together. I love this show!!!


evelyn June 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

dont cancel Parenthood, it’s the only show i watch


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