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. Dawn says

    This was a comedy that made you laugh out loud !! The story lines were great and the jokes edgy! A masterpiece ! Incredibly sad to see it end.

  2. Tina says

    Please have another season, I love the show and my co-worker and I can’t wait to see what happens next to talk about at work the next day.

    • TheBlackGarbo says

      Really sad that their somewhat success relied upon The Voice. Perhaps the show will be picked up on a cable network.

  3. JTnSd says

    The New Normal was cancelled on May 10th. But this show meant a lot for tons of people. Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler created a series that was fill with love and a lot of person would really like to see a second season!! This show won the People choice awards for the best comedy and a GLAAD awards fot best comedies series So make some noise!!!!!!!!
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  4. Will Deuel says

    Please cancel this piece of garbage. I am a gay man and this show is humilliating and beyond primitive. No to Reality TV Nene Leakes and a big NO to having straight Justin Bartha play a gay man! The worst gay show on TV.

  5. Malin says

    There must be another season!! If I dont get to see Sawyer grow up, or Goldie find her one true love, I think I will litterary die. :’C

  6. Ray Sylvia says

    I love the show, funny & light hearted all while showcasing a lifestyle not seen by many. Truly a positive window into a Gay possible family dealing with life as we all know it …

  7. Tanya says

    Love this show!! Clever and just simply a joy to watch! My whole family loves it– from adults to little ones. Please keep this show!!

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