After 11 years, NBC has revived their Will & Grace sitcom for a ninth season. The series drew positive ratings back in the 1990s but there’s no guarantee that viewers will tune in again. Of course, there seems to be little chance that Will & Grace will be cancelled anytime soon since it’s already been renewed for a 10th season. However, if the ratings tank, early renewals can be rescinded. Will it be a hit? Can the peacock network go home again? Stay tuned.
An NBC sitcom, Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes. Guests for season nine include Harry Connick Jr., Bobby Cannavale, Minnie Driver, Ben Platt, Michelle Obama, Michael Angarano, and Jane Lynch. The sitcom revolves around a group of best friends — gay lawyer Will Truman (McCormack); interior designer Grace Adler (Messing); Grace’s secretary, rich socialite Karen Walker (Mullally); and self-absorbed Jack McFarland (Hayes). **Status update, below.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Will & Grace TV series? Are you glad that it’s been renewed for season 10 already? Do you think NBC could cancel it anyway if the ratings aren’t good enough?
**3/17/2018: Will & Grace has been renewed through season 11, extending the revival to a total of three seasons (so far). Details here.