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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.

 
  • Hepa Chepa

    Renew! RENEW!!! It’s a great show with great actors! Please-please-please keep it

  • Hepa Chepa

    Renew! RENEW!!! It’s a great show with great actors! Please-please-please keep it

  • http://alexanderfazel.com Shervin

    It would be a shame to cancel this show now. Some of the best shows (ie. X-Files) were given a chance during initially poor ratings even only to blossom. Keep the show. It is well written, well acted and interesting.

  • http://alexanderfazel.com Shervin

    It would be a shame to cancel this show now. Some of the best shows (ie. X-Files) were given a chance during initially poor ratings even only to blossom. Keep the show. It is well written, well acted and interesting.

  • dee myer

    My sister loves it, my aunt won’t miss an episode, my mother is hooked and it’s the best show I’ve seen in eons. Great writing, great cast and I know plenty of people who LOVE Cane. Funny thing, these ratings, how accurate are they really? Please CBS, keep this entertaining show on tv. If you must, give it a better time slot , but please don’t cancel.

  • http://yahoo dee myer

    My sister loves it, my aunt won’t miss an episode, my mother is hooked and it’s the best show I’ve seen in eons. Great writing, great cast and I know plenty of people who LOVE Cane. Funny thing, these ratings, how accurate are they really? Please CBS, keep this entertaining show on tv. If you must, give it a better time slot , but please don’t cancel.

  • leslie

    Renew! Renew! Renew! Hunter is hilarious as well as everyone else! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • leslie

    Renew! Renew! Renew! Hunter is hilarious as well as everyone else! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • DawnMarie

    I’m hooked on Cane – you gotta renew it!!!!

  • DawnMarie

    I’m hooked on Cane – you gotta renew it!!!!

  • Ramon

    If cane goes, then I will punt my tv into the studio lot. where can you get characters like that? Not easy to do. It’s a great concept. They should make an effort, move it around, something! Everyone on the show is great, Smitts, Carbonell, Eddie Matos, even guys like the white doughy guy who is the marketing exec for the rum. All of ‘em are good. Watch out, if it goes. FORE!

  • Ramon

    If cane goes, then I will punt my tv into the studio lot. where can you get characters like that? Not easy to do. It’s a great concept. They should make an effort, move it around, something! Everyone on the show is great, Smitts, Carbonell, Eddie Matos, even guys like the white doughy guy who is the marketing exec for the rum. All of ‘em are good. Watch out, if it goes. FORE!

  • Derek

    Please don’t cancel Cane. It is well written, has an excellent cast and is an excellent show. Let’s keep Cane Alive!!!!

  • Derek

    Please don’t cancel Cane. It is well written, has an excellent cast and is an excellent show. Let’s keep Cane Alive!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/goldnegls Dario

    Aside from college football this is the only other thing that I watch on CBS. Since the show aired I’ve been glued to my tv every Tuesday @ 10. With the Sopranos off the air this show can fill the void that many viewers now have. I recently turned on 3 of my primos, who were big Sopranos’ fans, to CANE. They love CANE. Funny thing is that they hadn’t heard about CANE till I text ‘em 2 weeks ago. Apparently CBS should market/advertise a little harder. If they do this and air CANE for a 2nd season I’m sure that CANE will fair better.
    The plot is great, characters likable, relevance dang good! It has all the elements of the Sopranos. CBS big shots help make it the next Sopranos.

  • http://myspace.com/goldnegls Dario

    Aside from college football this is the only other thing that I watch on CBS. Since the show aired I’ve been glued to my tv every Tuesday @ 10. With the Sopranos off the air this show can fill the void that many viewers now have. I recently turned on 3 of my primos, who were big Sopranos’ fans, to CANE. They love CANE. Funny thing is that they hadn’t heard about CANE till I text ‘em 2 weeks ago. Apparently CBS should market/advertise a little harder. If they do this and air CANE for a 2nd season I’m sure that CANE will fair better.
    The plot is great, characters likable, relevance dang good! It has all the elements of the Sopranos. CBS big shots help make it the next Sopranos.

  • trevor zacharias

    DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW!!!!!! If for the sole reason to watch that guy “hunter” that guy is freggin awesome and steals every scene he’s in! Jimmy Smits kills it too! We need to keep these edgy shows and actors on air!!!!!!!

  • trevor zacharias

    DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW!!!!!! If for the sole reason to watch that guy “hunter” that guy is freggin awesome and steals every scene he’s in! Jimmy Smits kills it too! We need to keep these edgy shows and actors on air!!!!!!!

  • Chris

    Don’t cancel CANE. Finally a Hispanic Drama. Give it some legs and it will run.

  • Chris

    Don’t cancel CANE. Finally a Hispanic Drama. Give it some legs and it will run.

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