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BubbleWatch: NBC's 'The New Normal'
SHOW: "The New Normal" (NBC)
IN ITS FAVOR: First and foremost, what's will work in favor of "New Normal" is NBC's desire/need to be in The Ryan Murphy Business. If you think there's value in keeping Murphy happy at the network, NBC could believe that in a different home on the schedule, "New Normal" might growth. NBC could also think that Ellen Barkin or, as a longshot, Andrew Rannells might be Emmy contenders, which could give the show a bump. Thanks to strong early-season numbers, the season-to-date post-DVR numbers -- 2.0 key demo and nearly 4.9 million viewers -- are better than several of NBC's other bubble comedies.
AGAINST IT: Those numbers are REALLY inflated by the first half of the season. Towards the end of its season, before a late bump from the return of "The Voice," "New Normal" was getting comfortably beaten by "The Mindy Project." There were new episodes that went as low as a 0.7 key demo rating. That's LOW.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: "New Normal" won't get one of the first few NBC pity renewals. "Parks and Rec" and "Community" and "Go On" are probably ahead of it. I'd say, though, that "New Normal" is probably more likely to get renewed than "Whitney" or "Guys with Kids." So it all comes down to NBC largesse.
FINAL VERDICT: Cancelled!