Falling ratings aside, NBC still plans to bring Heroes back for another season, according to NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad. When asked if the show was "on the bubble" for a renewal, Bromstad told The Hollywood Reporter's blog The Feed "No," adding that 18-20 episodes of the season were planned to be ordered for next season.
For all that Heroes has had lower ratings this season, it's worth noting that the show about ordinary people who discover they have superpowers is still tied with The Office as the network's top-rated series among adults aged 18-49.
Another thing in Heroes favor is a new pilot project from NBC titled Day One, about a group of survivors of a global catastrophe. If the show goes to series, having Heroes as either the lead-in or following could help the series find an audience.
"Day One' is a big event and we're looking at that to come into the Heroes spot," Bromstad said. "It's right now being looked at as a 13-episode run -- something people could commit to and we could make a big splash with."
Heroes also has longevity due to it's international performance. "Every single place you go has heard about Heroes -- whether you're in China or Japan or Russia," she said. "And to me, that is global content."