Parenthood: What Happened? Has the NBC TV Show Been Cancelled?

ParenthoodWe’ve received quite a few e-mails from readers who are been worried that Parenthood has been cancelled by NBC. Well, it hasn’t been canned and will actually be returning on January 4th. That’s the good news but fans shouldn’t get too complacent. The drama hasn’t been performing all that well and certainly isn’t assured of a third season.

Last May, Parenthood was one of those shows that was “on the bubble” but still ended up being renewed. Though season one premiered with a 3.1 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic and 8.1 million viewers, it soon after dropped to a 2.3 rating and 5.83 million viewers. The 13 episodes of season one ended up averaging a 2.6 in the demo and 6.38 million total viewers.

For season two, Parenthood debuted at about the same demo rating it had at the end of season one. Unfortunately, that didn’t last. In mid-November, shortly before it went on hiatus, Parenthood hit a series low of a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.8 million viewers.

The first half of the season has averaged a 2.1 in the demo and 5.22 million. Parenthood is currently the seventh-highest rated scripted program on the network, falling in the middle of the list, just below The Event. While it’s not in immediate danger of being cancelled, the show’s certainly not safe either. Its fate will ultimately be decided by how well it performs when it returns from the six week hiatus. Most shows don’t typically fare very well and ratings drop after a hiatus. Will Parenthood be the exception?

What do you think? Will the ratings for Parenthood go up or down? Will it be cancelled or survive to see season three?

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  1. Lisa M. Fort Wayne, IN says

    Dear Cast and Crew of Parenthood:
    For the first time in a very long time we finally get a good quality family show, and it ends.

    Myself, my grown daughter, and my 10 year old granddaughter are so saddened by the ending of such a brilliantly scripted show.
    Parenthood and it’s characters touched my 10 year old granddaughter so deeply, that every Thursday evening she would plead to be able to stay up past her normal bed time to watch the show.

    The storylines, as well as the actors and actresses portrail we so relatable and helped us feel less alone in our trials and tribulations of life.
    The character of Max has given my 10 year old granddaughter a better understanding of dealing with Asperger Syndrome, which has been so helpful since one of my friends daughters struggles daily to overcome this misunderstood ailment.

    Our family applauds the whole cast and crew and wish for you all to know the impact Parenthood has had on our lives.

    Thank you for gracing our living room every Thursday evening, and know it will take alot for there to be a series of it’s brilliance to replace u all.

    P.S. I truly believe if the show had been aired at an earlier time slot, the viewing audience would be immense.

  2. says

    I can’t believe how many people I talk to can’t believe NBC would take a great show off as great as Parent Hood was. They had so much to continue with even if any of the actors or actresses wanted off. I’m just waiting for Chicago PD or Chicago Fire to be taken off next so they can make room for more sick, boring, sexual shows that will loose NBC their audience.

  3. tammy says

    I am extremely upset that Parenthood has ended. It was an incredible show…family. I laughed and cried every episode. I looked forward to it every week. I couldn’t always watch it in real time, but always caught it on demand or online. This show had more heart and depth than most shows that made the cut. Very poor decision to let this beautiful show go.

  4. Pam says

    When I watched the finale of Parenthood I sobbed like I lost my own dad….it’s a damn shame that this series will be no longer. The story line is brilliant as are the actors/actresses and please rethink this decision. This is the most down to earth family show on tv in years and I’m so thankful I have the last 12 episodes saved on my DVR…..i will watch it forever….please bring it back…the story has not ended!!!!!!!

  5. says

    I am so disappointed that last night was Parenthoods final show. I loved the show. The families, the characters and the story line was great. Last night, the show was like fast forward, with everything happening all at once. It did show how everyone went on with their lives. I had the feeling that Craig T. Nelson was going to die. There are so many ridiculous shows that are staying on, and the real family shows are gone.

  6. Sandra Best says

    As a grandmother with a grandchild and lots of family and friends children with disabilities that get so much out of Parent Hood. It gives hope, knowledge, encouragement that so many need. Like last week when the boy wanted to be a chief and was told the odds of ever getting work. I know “It’s only a movie” but the excitement when he took it out of the oven was so real in our home. Shame on whoever thought to stop the show when there is so much more and so many more ways to go and keep a wonderful real show worth watching. I just pray it does come back.

  7. Marie says

    It’s a shame that a quality show comes along and is soon to be cancelled. Why? Does it not speak enough about vaginas and penises? Oh and not to mention one show where the roommate runs around with clothespins on his nipples? And that’s in prime time?
    To bad. I’ll miss the show & actors.

    • Anonymous says

      I am 46 years old. I have really enjoyed this show . I have grown to love all the characters and I am sad that it ended. Quality acting , good subject matter. Life is hard and has its ups and downs. I liked watching this crew march through the struggles, and inspire other at the same time.

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