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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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Sandra Best April 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Why is it every time they come up with a show worth watching they take it off. Parent Hood touches so many families and helps us realize we’re not alone. I truly pray they don’t take the show off . With our family dealing with so much of what is touched on, I can’t thank NBC and all the actors for the wonderful job the have done and hope will continue to do.


Carol A. November 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Please don’t cancel Parenthood it is my favorite show. It take me away from my problems for that hour I love the characters and relate to them it is a feel good program. I hope the result will be a good one and I will be able to enjoy Parenthood for years to come.


Amy Ritchey August 31, 2013 at 12:00 am

I was checking on- line to see when my favorite PrimeTime Drama would start up again when I came across this site where I learned the the ratings are slipping and in risk of falling off Prime Time TV. I’d hate to see that happen! I love this show! In this day in age where so much is so wrong, it’s great to see a family show that faces today’s hard life issues while promoting strong family core. We need more shows like this!!!


Brenda August 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I am shocked to hear that Parenthood may be cancelled! It is one of the few shows that grapples with real life family issues at every age level! It is shameful to think that all the brainless Reality shows survive over a rare ‘real’ show that has substance!


Carol July 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Hi….Please leave Parenthood on the air. It is one of our families favorites. There are many of us wondering WHEN will it return. Several of our friends watch the show and think it is one of the best series to come along in a long time.


Deesline July 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Please leave Prenthood on the air, it’s the only sow left with any real substance.


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