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?

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  1. Brett says

    I really love the show and hope that it gets renewed. I do agree that it lost a bit of an edge when it lost the protanganist of Goldies nana. I would love to see a second season.

  2. nancy says

    I just love this show! Please give the show a 2nd chance for at least another season so the viewers can have a longer chance to tell family and friends about the show. As “NORMAL” it takes a little while to make a new friend sometimes. I love the way it shows compassion, love of friends and family, tolerance (AND lack of tolerance) but they always seem to end the show with a loving meaningful way to tackle the issues brought up in that episode. I also like how the youngest on the show is the one that is the one that usually brings everyone together with her wisdom!!! I JUST told my son and sister this past week how much I loved the show and that they should start watching it–so don’t cancel it NOW!!!!!!

  3. Gary Butcher says

    Please, please, please don’t cancel this show. The entire crew are terrific and makes for a new outlook on 2013 families. Please, I beg of you don’t cancel this wonderful show and a look into our (the American peoples future) as a society.

  4. Patricia Mumby says

    I love this show. It is the only new show I watch. The characters are great and its not the same old sit com. Save it please!

  5. says

    I loathe and despise this show. It clearly doesn’t understand that it is being offensive and spiteful about people they are trying to make fun of for being offensive and spiteful. It’s the worst kind of counterproductive television and it needs to be stopped as soon as possible.

    So yeah, it’ll probably get renewed.

  6. Jeremy says

    Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful boy….That song was never as well played as it was the evening of the what is hopefully the “season” finale as opposed to the “series” finale. That finale was the demonstration of all of the unlimited possibilities that this show has to tell many different stories. Stories about characters that we have come to know , and maybe even start to like. Thanks to the performances of the ensemble cast. The New Normal has something for everyone. It is breakthrough TV, and gives an audience much to think about while tickling our sense of humor. Stories that challenge our comfort zone no matter what our personal opinions might be. The actors have made these characters so likeable that they may even be able to open minds and get people to consider the possibility that there may be a different way to do things. Not better. Not worst. Just New. Things that are new can at times be uncomfortable at first, especially when it challenges us to put away our preconceived ideas of what we think things should like. This show has challenged all of us to open our minds, and not just a little. This show deserves the time to allow the audience to have the time to process and in some ways change their mind about things that they have held on to for a long time. You cannot change TV and an audience‚Äôs comfort zone over night. This show may not have earned ratings to brag about in its first season. But it has dared to go where network TV has not dared to go before. It did it with talent, class and likability. Give this show the chance for its audience to digest all this new information the same way you would a GOOD FRIEND. I believe that these characters are people we would want as our friends. There is someone for everyone. It would be a waste to take this great combination of talented actors who play these characters without a flaw and dismantle it without giving the show the chance to let people understand this life that to some is “new” but equally as special a life that to some is “Normal.

  7. Soren says

    Please renew the show! As a gay teen, this show has given me so much hope that life will actually improve. Not only that, but it may influence a few people to become a bit more accepting of us homosexuals. The problem this show has is likely both advertising and the anti-gay crowd. I had never even heard of this show until a week ago when I came across an article about it online and decided to Hulu it. The biggest problem is probably the fact that roughly only half of the country is even in support of homosexuality. That’s already half of the viewer count gone.

    Even though the show is most likely going to get cancelled due to the low ratings, it’d be so awesome if NBC decided to keep it on the air simply as a way to show the gay community in a positive light, rather than the normal gay club scene most shows resort to.

  8. Aaron says

    3.32million viewers is enough incentive to renew it. Pissing off the anti-freedom bigots is another incentive. RENEW IT!

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