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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.

 
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  • Amy

    My husband and I love Cane!!! First, a great show like Traveler, not Cane too. We would be so upset if it was taken off the air.

    The story line and cast was fabulous. I don’t watch CBS much, but I always came back to them for this series.

  • Amy

    My husband and I love Cane!!! First, a great show like Traveler, not Cane too. We would be so upset if it was taken off the air.

    The story line and cast was fabulous. I don’t watch CBS much, but I always came back to them for this series.

  • Amy

    My husband and I love Cane!!! First, a great show like Traveler, not Cane too. We would be so upset if it was taken off the air.

    The story line and cast was fabulous. I don’t watch CBS much, but I always came back to them for this series.

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