Parenthood: To Be Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

Parenthood canceled renewedTonight marks the season finale of NBC’s Parenthood. The ratings are down so will it end up being the series finale as well? Will the show be cancelled or return for a fourth season?

Parenthood debuted back in March of 2009 as a mid-season replacement series. The first season’s 13 episodes ended up averaging a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.38 million total viewers. The show was on the bubble but ended up getting renewed.

NBC didnt wait until mid-season to bring it back and season two kicked off in September 2010. With a full 22 episode season, the show’s averages dropped to a 2.1 in the demo and 5.34 million. Parenthood was on the bubble once again but, once again, it ended up being renewed.

This season, the ratings have dropped once again. The third season of Parenthood (not including tonight’s numbers) have averaged a 1.9 in the demo with 5.13 million. Based on the lower numbers at the start of the season, NBC only ordered 18 installments this time around.

Should Parenthood get a fourth season?

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Ordinarily, one would expect that Parenthood would be on the verge of cancellation once again. However, because the rest of NBC’s schedule is in such sorry shape, Parenthood’s ratings actually look pretty good by comparison.

Out of the 17 scripted programs that have aired on NBC this season, Parenthood has the sixth highest demo ratings, beating out shows like Community, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Grimm. On our NBC ratings report card, Parenthood registers a firm “B.”

Based on the season numbers and the fact that Parenthood is co-produced by Universal Television, NBC’s own production company, it’s almost guaranteed to be back for a fourth season.

But, what do you think? Do you think Parenthood should be renewed or cancelled? How long should the series reasonably continue?

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  1. says

    I think NBC is making a huge mistake by canceling the show Parenthood. They should have tried moving the show to a different night frist. I think Wesnesday night would have worked perfectly. Put Parenthood on in place of Saturday Night Live. SNL already comes on Saturday night. In my opinion having SNL on twice a week is overkill.

    I am such a big fan of Parenthood. What an amazing cast! Please reconsider and keep Parenthood on.

    Thank You!!

  2. says

    We have been watching from the very beginning and think its the best show on TV, besides a couple reality ones. NBC must know that they have the very best cast on any show for Parenthood and like Glen think they just need to promote it more and maybe put it on earlier. We are in our sixties and think the writing is excellent and of course love the acting. NBC you have to bring it back, PLEASE!!!!!!!

  3. Glen says

    I started watching this on Netflix and I am almost through the 3rd season. This is absolutely the best show I’ve ever seen on television. Unfortunately I had never even heard of it until a co-worker mentioned it recently. Maybe if NBC promoted it more it would have had better ratings. I’ve now told several other people about it and they love it too. NBC PLEASE bring it back!

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