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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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Lori Miller November 8, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Parenthood is the best drama I have ever watched!I can’t believe more people don’t .I think the name throws people off.They think it’s all about kids.Its the only show I actually watch.Im definately not a t.v. watcher but the writers & actors in Parenthood are phenomenal !


JPWalker November 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I am also a fan of Parenthood. I was so disappointed when I saw it was being canceled. I am hoping it can be saved. All the actors were great. I loved the younger ones. There are so many shows that should be canceled, and they keep getting renewed. This is a nice family show, which we do not have many like this one.


Sandra November 9, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Why is it every time they finely make a show the whole family can watch, they take it off. But then they put on shows like “How to get away with murder” and wounder why our children are getting killed just going to school. As a grandmother who can identify so much with parent hood and knowing how it’s helping our son and daughter in law not feel so all alone, lost, overwhelmed from the days they go through with my grand daughter. I pray someone changes their mind and keep Parent Hood running.


jean smoot November 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I love parenhood and my family and friends love it, it is so real to life, no blood and guts like all the other shows, very refreshing, it makes me laugh and cry which tells me it is one of the best programs please try to leave it on


Joanne September 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I love the show and so do my friends and family!! Why would they cancel the BEST show on t.v.and keep on all those REALITY SHOWS!! Makes no sense.


Pam September 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I can’t wait for Parenthood to return. This series is amazing and more people should watch to ensure it’s return. Great writers, actors and story plot. I adore the series!


brenda raven May 29, 2014 at 1:32 am

I just love Parenthood, and would be EXTREMELY disappointed if it was cancelled.
I look forward to watching it with my family every week, and hope they still have
it aired to the thousands/millions of fans over the world that watch it.


Nita May 10, 2014 at 1:51 am

Parenthood is one of my favorite shows. I love all of the actors, and the youth on that show are great. Great show. I do not understand why a TV show like this one does not have better rating or more viewers.


Anonymous May 5, 2014 at 3:17 am

I love, love, love parenthood !!!! Please don’t cancel please bring it back and asap !! wait for this show every Thursday night


Gail April 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Other than Monica Potter’s nomination for an Emmy, it surprises me that this show doesn’t have other nominations and awards given its stellar cast and outstanding scripts. There aren’t many worthwhile programs on television. I count Parenthood as one of the few, quality shows worth seeing. Because It touches very aspect of life in every generation, it touches us.


megan April 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

Parenthood is a great show its just been on a long time .


Sandra Best April 22, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Well “The drama hasn’t been performing all that well ” is your a pinyon. I haven’t found anyone who hasn’t fallen in love with the show. It has touched on so many real life situations in a way that makes people feel not so alone and given hope.
You couldn’t ask for a better case. I just hope it says on for many more seasons.


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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