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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.

 
  • http://www.myspace.com/canefanclub Aidelina

    I love this show myself I can’t believe the show has low ratings could the rating be rigged. These two epposides were great and have me wanting more Cane that whole cast is excellent, I love the storyline I have not missed one epposide, So Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee don’t cancel Cane that is the only show I watch on CBS and if it is cancel I would not even bother watching nothing on CBS because this is the only show I love.Also we don’t want to give up Nestor to Lost as the title of the show they lost him.

  • http://www.myspace.com/canefanclub Aidelina

    I love this show myself I can’t believe the show has low ratings could the rating be rigged. These two epposides were great and have me wanting more Cane that whole cast is excellent, I love the storyline I have not missed one epposide, So Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee don’t cancel Cane that is the only show I watch on CBS and if it is cancel I would not even bother watching nothing on CBS because this is the only show I love.Also we don’t want to give up Nestor to Lost as the title of the show they lost him.

  • http://myspace.com/eddiriana Eduardo Soler

    CANE is the only show on CBS that I watch also. I watch it every Tuesday, and when I dont watch it live, I have it recorded on my DVR. The show is awesome but it just hasn’t gotten the right promotion for it like how Survivor or LOST gets. I will definitely purchase the first season DVD when it comes out. Please don’t cancel the show. I can’t wait for season 2.

  • http://myspace.com/eddiriana Eduardo Soler

    CANE is the only show on CBS that I watch also. I watch it every Tuesday, and when I dont watch it live, I have it recorded on my DVR. The show is awesome but it just hasn’t gotten the right promotion for it like how Survivor or LOST gets. I will definitely purchase the first season DVD when it comes out. Please don’t cancel the show. I can’t wait for season 2.

  • Candy

    As usual a great show comes along and they want to cancel. This show is the best new show of the season next to Private Practice. I look forward to my Tuesday evenings and can never get enough of Cane. It was so nice last night to get 2 hours. The writing is the best and it g=keeps gettting better. I am from Fl. and can’t believe this show is not doing goood in the ratings. Please where are all the true Neilsen people out there I’ll start ratin the shows for them. How do ya get to be picked to do something like that. Please keep Cane on

  • Candy

    As usual a great show comes along and they want to cancel. This show is the best new show of the season next to Private Practice. I look forward to my Tuesday evenings and can never get enough of Cane. It was so nice last night to get 2 hours. The writing is the best and it g=keeps gettting better. I am from Fl. and can’t believe this show is not doing goood in the ratings. Please where are all the true Neilsen people out there I’ll start ratin the shows for them. How do ya get to be picked to do something like that. Please keep Cane on

  • Pamela

    Please don’t cancel Cane, it is the best show I have ever seen, I have never been addicted to any show except this one. It is great to watch and I loved watching for 2 hours last night. If Cane is canceled I will not ever or anyone in my famiy watch CBS.. I vote for Cane 100% DO not cancel Please!!!

  • Pamela

    Please don’t cancel Cane, it is the best show I have ever seen, I have never been addicted to any show except this one. It is great to watch and I loved watching for 2 hours last night. If Cane is canceled I will not ever or anyone in my famiy watch CBS.. I vote for Cane 100% DO not cancel Please!!!

  • Lois

    I Love this show since the first showing, It would be a shame to can it. For me to look forward to a Tuesday night when it is on that means something.There is so much silly stuff on, this has me very entertained.
    Please keep it on….A fan of Cane Lois

  • http://myspace Lois

    I Love this show since the first showing, It would be a shame to can it. For me to look forward to a Tuesday night when it is on that means something.There is so much silly stuff on, this has me very entertained.
    Please keep it on….A fan of Cane Lois

  • Stephanie

    I have watched this show from the very beginning. I love the characters. I feel it is very well written. If this show is cancelled, I will have a a very hard time putting forth any effort to watch any future new shows on CBS. I feel CBS should give this show a chance. Try moving to a different night or time slot CBS. We can’t let network television fall to all reality tv!

  • Stephanie

    I have watched this show from the very beginning. I love the characters. I feel it is very well written. If this show is cancelled, I will have a a very hard time putting forth any effort to watch any future new shows on CBS. I feel CBS should give this show a chance. Try moving to a different night or time slot CBS. We can’t let network television fall to all reality tv!

  • Brian

    Please don’t cancel. I LOVE Cane! Oscar Torre, Jimmy Smits, Nestor Carbonell, Hector Elizondo, Eddie Matos are all excellent! Give this show a break. It’s good.

  • Brian

    Please don’t cancel. I LOVE Cane! Oscar Torre, Jimmy Smits, Nestor Carbonell, Hector Elizondo, Eddie Matos are all excellent! Give this show a break. It’s good.

  • Meghan

    I am addicted to CANE!! tuesday night has become my favorite night of the week- please please keep this show. And i would love to see more Hunter- he is a real stand out among the actors on the show and i want to see where that character goes, KEEP CANE!!!

  • Meghan

    I am addicted to CANE!! tuesday night has become my favorite night of the week- please please keep this show. And i would love to see more Hunter- he is a real stand out among the actors on the show and i want to see where that character goes, KEEP CANE!!!

  • Nikki

    Wonderful show. I can’t wait for Tuesday nights to roll around to watch it. Please keep Cane on the air.

  • Nikki

    Wonderful show. I can’t wait for Tuesday nights to roll around to watch it. Please keep Cane on the air.

  • Fiona

    I Love Cane! It’s a great show with really solid acting. And I love the humor. You’re right about Hunter. He’s funny and a nice balance to the rest of the cast. I also love seeing Jimmy Smitts and Nestor Carbonell every week.

  • Fiona

    I Love Cane! It’s a great show with really solid acting. And I love the humor. You’re right about Hunter. He’s funny and a nice balance to the rest of the cast. I also love seeing Jimmy Smitts and Nestor Carbonell every week.

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