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. Jo says

    Parenthood is a good show. Usually. When the young girl got pregnant, she had an abortion like nothing really happened. The couple got into their first choice colleges and life just went on. That made me sick. The abortion was just shoved under the rug like it is an everyday occurrence. Shame on you for not expanding on what really happens in a situation like that. Everything else seems to be more like real life.

  2. Brenda says

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE…DO NOT CANCEL PARENTHOOD!!! If you cancel this amazing show you (NBC) would be making a huge mistake, because it’s by far the BEST show on any of the networks. ALL the actors are fantastic and have the abilitiy to make me feel as if I am part of their large amazing family. I love that Parenthood addresses so many issues that families of today are dealing with and do it in an truthful way. As someone has already said, how could you not renew it for a 5th season and many, many more seasons beyond that. My husband and I are HUGE fans; so, please renew Parenthood and give us something to look forward to every week!!!!!

  3. Carrie says

    What a disappointment that the show is ending. I’ve loved watching the show from the beginning. I watch it on hulu, not on the TV because we do not have cable at the house. Sure gonna miss the show.

  4. christine says

    let’s not let another friday night lights situation happen. this show is superb and a benchmark of television drama. don’t take it off the TV! i watch it on hulu– I hope you’re counting those numbers!

    • Jeanne McD says

      Please DO NOT CANCEL Parenthood….I watch very little television, but this is one show I cannot wait to watch each week. My daughter and I watch it together, which is another plus for me. The show is so realistic and the characters couldn’t be any better. It has made me laugh and cry EVERY episode……This is a great family show. We need more of these, we have too many cop, fire and CSI’s….We love Parenthood!!

  5. says

    Please don’t cancel Parenthood. It is a well-written show with real life family situations that relate to today’s families. The characters are excellent and as someone earlier stated, it’s one of the ‘clean’ shows on this year without any murders, violence, or raunchy jokes. It has become one of my favorite shows.

  6. Bill says

    Please!!! Keep this show on TV. This is a great family show that addresses real family issues that families face every day. Clearly, the best show on TV. Congrats to the producers and actors.

  7. Susie says

    I have watched Parenthood since it first aired. I love it. I love the honest events that happen in this family. I have laughed and cried. Please keep this show on TV

  8. Linda says

    I’ve watched since the beginning and hope it goes for a few more years! Family values?
    WOW, what an idea ! So many shows are NOT. Showing ANY of those!
    Thx for renewing and hopefully MANY more!

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