Canceled NBC shows 2024: Which series won't return for the 2024-2025 TV season?

QUANTUM LEAP -- "One Night in Koreatown" Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Raymond Lee as Dr. Ben Song, Ernie Hudson as Magic -- (Photo by: Casey Durkin/NBC)
QUANTUM LEAP -- "One Night in Koreatown" Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Raymond Lee as Dr. Ben Song, Ernie Hudson as Magic -- (Photo by: Casey Durkin/NBC) /

It's May and cancellation season isn't just upon us, it's all around us. The casts across network television are receiving word on whether they'll return or if their show has been sacrificed on the TV altar to make room for a bright, new, shiny series execs are hoping catches fire in the 2024-2025 season. It's a disheartening time for fans who've invested their time in a program only for the rug to be pulled out from under them.

When it comes to NBC, the network has only handed down word about one cancellation so far and it actually got announced in April. Quantum Leap won't be returning for a third season. For viewers keeping a close eye on the ratings this didn't come as too much of a shock but it nonetheless hurt. TVLine reports the series averaged 3.6 million viewers for its second season, placing it dead last among NBC's 11 original dramas. It also had a 0.44 demo rating with Live+7 numbers factored in which put it at #9, it was only above previously canceled series Magnum P.I. and La Brea.

Quantum Leap won't be shopped, not to mention this is an era in TV where finding a second home is darn near impossible, so fans can't count on the program being picked up elsewhere. That's not the case for Law and Order: Organized Crime, reportedly NBC and Peacock are working on closing a deal that will send the procedural to the streamer for season 5. While this does mean the series will no longer be a part of the Thursday block, it could open the door to a great season (Check out why we think the leap to Peacock could be a good thing!).

Which NBC series are still on the bubble?

The fate of NBC's comedies--Extended Family, Lopez vs. Lopez, and Night Court--is still up in the air. While ratings aren't the only factor for whether a show will be renewed or canceled, they do give us an indicator of how a series might fare, let's take a look at the on the night numbers (per TV Series Finale):

  • Night Court season 2: 3 million viewers on average with a .033 demo rating
  • Extended Family season 1: 2.6 million viewers on average with a 0.28 demo rating
  • Lopez vs. Lopez season 2 : 1.9 million viewers on average with a 0.25 demo rating

As you can see, Lopez vs. Lopez is in the shakiest position. Out of the three remaining programs waiting on a decision, it's at the bottom of the rung which means the odds for a renewal aren't promising. Not to mention, NBC is in the middle of developing a pilot for a new Reba McEntire comedy series so the network may be looking to make room on its roster.

We'll keep you posted as more news comes in. Stay tuned to Hidden Remote!