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Cane: Renew or Cancel?

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November 19th, 2007

5/13 UPDATE: Cane Has Been Cancelled

cane.jpgCBS's Cane, Tuesday 10PM Eastern, has been likened to a "broadcast Sopranos".

Perhaps our analysis should instead be called, "Renew or Whack?" You be the judge and jury.

Cane's Rank among New CBS Shows, All New Shows

Date Viewer Rank among New CBS shows Viewer Rank among all new shows Hispanic Viewing Rank Among English shows
9/25 #1 of 4 #3 of 20 #8
10/2 #1 of 4 #4 of 23 #20
10/9 #1 of 4 #5 of 24 > 25
10/16 #1 of 4 #7 of 24 #15
10/23 #3 of 4 #7 of 24 > 25
10/30 #2 of 4 #7 of 22 #16
11/6 #3 of 4 #5 of 22 > 25

In a fairly weak group of new CBS shows, Cane's ratings started at the top, but the rise of Big Bang Theory and Moonlight ratings, along with Cane's ratings loss has dropped it to 3rd among CBS new shows.

It started near the top of all new shows, but has drifted down to merely above average. It's 11/6 ratings performance was in a week without 3 strong new ABC shows airing.

For the first time we're including Hispanic viewing rank among English language shows here, and Cane's ratings rank is remarkably inconsistent. One week in the teens, the next above 25.

How is it doing against its competition on Tuesday?

Cane's Ratings and Rankings @ 10PM Tuesday

Date Viewers (Rank) Adults 18-49 (Rank) Adults 18-34 (Rank) Adults 25-54 (Rank)
9/25 11.21m (2) 3.87m (2) 1.19m (2) 4.91m (2)
10/2 9.19m (3) 3.28m (3) 1.06m (3) 4.21m (3)
10/9 9.11m (3) 3.07m (3) 0.88m (3) 4.08m (3)
10/16 8.54m (3) 2.94m (3) 1.00m (3) 3.71m (3)
10/23* 7.75m (3) 2.47m (3) 0.77m (3) 3.20m (3)
10/30 8.05m (3) 2.62m (3) 0.87m (3) 3.57m (3)
11/6 7.78m (3) 2.50m (3) 0.91m (2) 3.24m (3)
11/13 7.29m (3) 2.35m (3) 0.73m (3) 3.11m (3)
11/20 7.54m (3) 2.59m (3) 0.72m (4) 3.36m (3)
11/27 6.48m (3) 2.10m (3) 0.60m (4) 2.91m (3)
12/4 not aired      
12/11 7.94m (2) 2.72m (3) 1.05m (2) 3.34m (3)
12/18 7.13m (3) 2.32m (3) 0.70m (6) 3.03m (3)
12/25 not aired      
1/1 not aired      

Except for its debut week (and 18-34 on 11/6), Cane's ratings have finished at the bottom of the major English broadcast network shows across the board at 10pm Tuesday.

It has also consistently lost viewers each week (*10/23 data is Live, all other data is Live+SD, useful for rankings but not viewership trends) and 11/6 was at 69% of it's debut viewership.

12/21 UPDATE: Added data through 12/11. After continuing to decline, Cane ratings did see an uptick on 12/11, but is it too little too late?

1/9 UPDATE: Added 12/18 data [no regular broadcasts since then], and those numbers were not good news. #6 in adults 18-34. Yikes.

Conclusions

Negatives

  1. Cane ratings are consistently last place in its timeslot across the board.
  2. Cane ratings continue to fall across all categories.
  3. In a relatively weak group of new CBS shows, Cane ratings are below average.

Positives

  1. Cane ratings are above average vs. all new broadcast shows.

Verdict: Cancel.

Some marginal new shows may benefit from a long writer's strike. If the studios cannot choose new pilots for next season in the spring, the thinking goes, they may end up resigning mediocre shows from this year. Could Cane be one of those?

 

Wondering about other shows? Check our all our Renew or Cancel? posts.

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • juli devereaux

    sadly, this is my absolute favorite new show to watch. It really is an excellent show and I am intrigued each week. Is it the right timeslot for the show? The right network? All I know is I am fascinated and love most of the characters and I haven’t missed a week.

    This show is provacative on many levels. I really hope it gets renewed and revives.

  • juli devereaux

    sadly, this is my absolute favorite new show to watch. It really is an excellent show and I am intrigued each week. Is it the right timeslot for the show? The right network? All I know is I am fascinated and love most of the characters and I haven’t missed a week.

    This show is provacative on many levels. I really hope it gets renewed and revives.

  • Nestor Belongs to LOST

    Cancel Cane….it is crap! Bring Nestor back to LOST! The world demands it!

  • Nestor Belongs to LOST

    Cancel Cane….it is crap! Bring Nestor back to LOST! The world demands it!

  • Nestor Belongs to LOST

    Cancel Cane….it is crap! Bring Nestor back to LOST! The world demands it!

  • peter sherman

    I started watching Cane and liked it but have fallen off due to other shows I’ve been interested in.

  • peter sherman

    I started watching Cane and liked it but have fallen off due to other shows I’ve been interested in.

  • peter sherman

    I started watching Cane and liked it but have fallen off due to other shows I’ve been interested in.

  • Kim

    DO NOT CANCEL CANE! PLEASE!!!!

  • Kim

    DO NOT CANCEL CANE! PLEASE!!!!

  • susan

    PLEEEEASE don’t take the ghost of Bobby Simone away from me..I’ve missed him so…..

  • http://tvbythenumbers susan

    PLEEEEASE don’t take the ghost of Bobby Simone away from me..I’ve missed him so…..

  • renny

    This has been my favorite show since the Pilot,I have not missed an episode.Please do not cancel this very entertaining show!

  • http://Yahoo renny

    This has been my favorite show since the Pilot,I have not missed an episode.Please do not cancel this very entertaining show!

  • Billy

    My wife and I have never missed an episode of this very exciting show.After seeing tonights two shows it would be a big dissappointment if there weren’t more seasons to look forward to.

  • http://yahoo Billy

    My wife and I have never missed an episode of this very exciting show.After seeing tonights two shows it would be a big dissappointment if there weren’t more seasons to look forward to.

  • Kim

    Cane is the only show I never ever miss. The show is so great–I don’t understand the drop off in viewers. This is the only thing I watch on CBS, so I really hope they stick with it to see if it can build an audience.

  • Espo

    Oh sure cancell shows that require any thinking and dont concentrate on sex and hoochie mammas…Cane Rules!!!!

  • Espo

    Oh sure cancell shows that require any thinking and dont concentrate on sex and hoochie mammas…Cane Rules!!!!

  • Kim

    Cane is the only show I never ever miss. The show is so great–I don’t understand the drop off in viewers. This is the only thing I watch on CBS, so I really hope they stick with it to see if it can build an audience.

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