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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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Kimberly January 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I just started watching Parenthood when a friend recommended. Watching it from Season 1. On 3rd season now. I cannot get enough of this show. Please do not cancel this show!! This is one of the best shows I have seen in so long!!! I


deckermj2 January 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Its a wonderful show. Each and every member of our family watch and love love it. Plese don’t take it off. We need to see Crystina cured of her breast cancer, so many women are watching for that happy ending,. Its done very well, please leave it on. We truly need to keep Parenthood on TV. too many issues not resolved and people watch to get the results. thanks


shirley January 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Parenthood is one of the most enjoyable shows on Tv today. The story lines are relevant and are presented with warmth believability and compassion. The show is realistic as it depicts everyday family issues. This is truly one of the best shows on NBC. Please DO NOT REMOVE it from your line up. My friends and I discuss each issue and can’t wait for the next weeks showing. This show deserves to continue for the sake of fine serious quality Tv shows.


Colleen January 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm

PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL PARENTHOOD really they cancel all the wrong ones…parenthood is AMAZING!!!!!!


Karen Harris January 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I just started watching Parenthood this year. It is so much like real family lives and most
of it is family oriented. I love the way the individual lives are dealt with each week and the story line just keeps on going. It is far better than many of the shows on TV today. Many of them are very “trashy” and not fit for most families to watch. I would be very
saddened if this show was taken off the air. The acting is outstanding!!!


L January 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

Perhaps if Parenthood wasn’t on opposite Scandal it might rate better.


admin January 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

It’s opposite Private Practice on ABC.


Blanche January 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

I like others have watched this show since it began. I would be disappointed if it is
cancelled. Some of the other shows out there that have higher ratings are just not for
all family members and I seldom watch them. I believe this show needs more advertising and promotion.
Although I love Ray Romano, he just doesn’t fit this show. I think he is better in a
situation comedy and would love to see him return to his roots.
Please don’t cancel and I will miss it very much during the hiatus.


darlene dabbenigno January 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I had not watched parenthood for the first two seasons, then i saw some of the third and liked what I saw. Since Christmas, three weeks ago I watched every single show since the beginning!! Cannot get enough of it!!!! Please Please DO NOT CANCEL IT!!!!!!


kay kinkead January 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

I don;t think there are many shows that are like real family life. But this show is and i feel the pain with them. Please don’t take it off. But I don’t like the story line with Ray He is to old for Lauren.


Marilyn January 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Please do not cancel I Love this show cannot wait from week to week!!!!!!!!!!!


Catherine January 9, 2013 at 4:21 am

I have also watched Parenthood since it began, and can’t wait for the next episode, i scheduled all episodes on my VCR… It’s entertaining and the acting is well done… I enjoy watching it… I hope it will be ON for many more…


Katherine Kennedy January 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I do not want this series cancelled because I so enjoy it. I like all the families and enjoy the mistakes they make and I celebrate the successes. If having cancer and almost dying does not save the series I don’t think it has a chance. I am not in the demographic any more so I know us un-demographic people don’t count for much but I love this show. I enjoy the writers story lines and the actors. The stories seem real and the families are so familar.


Shirley December 12, 2012 at 2:10 am

I have also watched Parenthood since it began, and can’t wait for the next episode each week. The acting is so well done that I find myself worried for their problems and feeling like this is a family I know and care about their daily lives. Each of the characters was so well casted. I don’t understand why this wonderful program doesn’t get more publicity and higher ratings. It should be on top!! I truly hope it is renewed for many seasons. In my opinion, it is the best sitcom on TV!


Karen Weltman December 12, 2012 at 12:45 am

I’ve watched Parenthood since the first show. I love it and hope it doesn’t get cancelled. That would be a tragedy. It’s a ‘homey’ show with good acting and storylines. It shows a big family who pulls together in times of tragedy and in the good times as well. There aren’t many TV shows that show the warmth, caring, and difficult family issues as Parenthood. Please don’t cancel this show!


Marcia December 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I have been watching Parenthood since it started & have told all my friends & family about it who watch it & love it. It is such a great, great show with all the warmth, giving & love that a family has along with issues now & then. It is done so well that when I watch it I feel like I am in it. I don’t think there’s another show that can compare within the storyline of such a great family.


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