Pin It
TV shows on DVD
   

The New Normal: To Be Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

New Normal series finaleTonight, The New Normal finishes its season on NBC with the marriage of Bryan and David, as well as the birth of their son via surrogate Goldie. Will the sitcom be cancelled or will it be back for a second season so viewers can see how this family continues to develop?

The New Normal, as you’ve probably heard, revolves around a pair of gay men (Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) who want to start a family. They hire a surrogate (Georgia King) who helps them fulfill their dream, while they help her realize her own. The sitcom also stars Ellen Barkin, NeNe Leakes, Bebe Wood, and Jayson Blair.

With strong lead-in support from The Voice, The New Normal debuted on September 10th to a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.88 million. The pilot had already been released online so that may have tempered television viewership for the debut.

The following night, NBC aired the second episode and the ratings held steady. Considering the state of the rest of NBC’s sitcoms, a 2.5 demo rating was very good.

Unfortunately, that didn’t last. The sitcom’s ratings declined over the next several weeks. And, once The Voice completed its fall season, New Normal’s numbers really collapsed. Two weeks ago, the series reached a new low — registering a meager 0.7 in the demo and just 2.11 million viewers.

Last week, thanks to the return of The Voice, New Normal’s ratings bounced up 86% to a 1.3 in the demo with 3.32 million. Though the percentage gain is impressive, the show’s ratings are still terrible — even by NBC standards.

Though NBC has few bright spots on its schedule, its clear that the peacock network has no ratings incentive to renew The New Normal for a second season. Thankfully, the cast and crew seem to have given the sitcom’s storylines some sense of closure in tonight’s finale.

What do you think? Would you like to see The New Normal return for a second season or should NBC cancel it to make way for something new?

 

Newer and/or Related Articles

{ 150 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous April 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

KEEP IT ‘ON’!!!!!!

Reply

Leith April 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

I LOVE this show. I think it is really important to expose as many people as possible to “non-traditional” families, and how loving and positive this show is on all the characters. Please, please, please renew this show!

Reply

Gordon April 5, 2013 at 6:58 am

Keep it please..

It’s really funny and deep!

Reply

Rob April 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

KEEP IT!!!! SOOO FUNNY!!!

Reply

Bruce April 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

The New Normal is smart, funny and totally endearing. I hope NBC keeps it going.

Reply

Jim April 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

How can we not see how these guys handle fatherhood? Keep this series on!

Reply

retyi April 4, 2013 at 12:57 am

Keep it i love it

Reply

Julie April 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm

The New Normal is so special. It’s unfortunate such a quality show is judged so negatively. Please renew!!

Reply

Michael April 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Please keep “The New Normal,” one of the best shows on television now. Heartfelt, funny and a great reflection of modern life.

Reply

Diana April 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm

One of my most favorite shows. Would LOVE to see it get renewed!

Reply

Robbie April 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Do NOT cancel. This is one of the only good shows on television. Renew it. Save one of the only bright spots on television!

Reply

Robbie April 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Do NOT cancel. I have only recently found this show.

Reply

Tammy McLean April 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Love this show!!! Please don’t cancel, renew renew renew!!!!

Reply

Rob April 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I love this show! Keep it on!!

Reply

David April 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

The new normal has heart and love no matter who the particulars are. Keep it alive. Save the show.

Reply

Leave a Comment