Tonight, NBC is airing the season 1 finale for “State of Affairs.” Where does that leave us moving forward? For the time being, that is a very good question. The future of the series starring Katherine Heigl is still very much in doubt.
What we will say right now is that if nothing else, the show has done a good job of leveling off in the ratings the past couple of weeks. The bad news is that “leveling off” for the show means being at around a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That is probably not a good enough rating to completely justify having another season on NBC, given the rest of their lineup and its strength … with the operating word there being “probably.”
There may actually be a better shot for this show coming back than we first thought, and for a variety of different reasons. Most of the NBC primetime lineup has weakened this season. “The Voice” is losing steam, and “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Allegiance,” “The Slap,” and “Constantine” are all just as likely or more to be canceled before “State of Affairs.” Most of the other dramas on the network are already renewed, but they are not exactly just blowing it up in the ratings.
The ultimate decision for this show may not be until May, and it could come down to how confident NBC is with the new programming that they could put on the air next season. While “State of Affairs” is not an anchor, this could be a good fill-in show in the event that something else struggles.
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