Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows for the 2010-11 season (includes results through November 22, 2009):
- Likely To Be Canceled By May, 2010
- Some Danger Of Being Canceled By May, 2010
- Likely to Be Renewed For The 2010-11 Season
|Program||Renew/ Cancel Index|
|Numb3rs (F), (P)||0.54|
|Three Rivers (P)||0.55|
|Cold Case (P)||0.61|
|Medium (F), (P)||0.61|
|New Adventures of Old Christine (S)||0.63|
|Ghost Whisperer (F), (S)||0.63|
|The Good Wife (P)||0.86|
|Accidentally On Purpose (P)||0.92|
|How I Met Your Mother (S)||1.06|
|NCIS: Los Angeles (P)||1.12|
|Criminal Minds (P)||1.13|
|CSI: Miami (P)||1.20|
|Two And A Half Men||1.41|
|Big Bang Theory||1.50|
Three Rivers and Cold Case had their timeslots switched on Sunday, Cold Case did a bit better than its season average moving to 9pm (2.1 rating vs. 1.93 prior average), Three Rivers did just about as badly as always after moving to 10pm (1.7 vs. 1.77 prior average). A net ratings gain on the two hour block for CBS, which is likely what they were looking for. It doesn't matter for the prospects of either show. They will both be canceled by the end of the season. Three Rivers may or may not complete its 13 episode order. Cold Case almost certainly will air all 22 episodes ordered this season, but it's not coming back next year.
Accidentally On Purpose's good timeslot following How I Met Your Mother makes its borderline Index of 0.92 look weaker than it would be were it elsewhere on the CBS schedule. Its prospects for next year are not bright.
In a big vote of no confidence, the episode order this season for Numb3rs was reduced to 16 episodes. It's now in significant danger of not coming back.
The Good Wife ratings seem to be settling just on the edge of the danger zone for cancellation. On NBC, it would be a star, on CBS it's borderline. Fans can anticipate sleepless nights until next season's schedule is announced.
New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried ratings remain horrid, they were last season too. If CBS is determined to weather their terrible ratings to establish another night of comedy they may be renewed for yet another season.
Beginning this week, for shows in the Some Danger category only, I am including short term Index indicators for shows either with sharply improving or deteriorating Indexes, based on 4 week Indexes instead of season to date Indexes.
This is a breakdown of CBS scripted shows and their renewal and cancellation prospects. Here are links to the other networks:
The Renew/Cancel Index is a show's Season To Date adults 18-49 rating divided by its network's Season to Date average 18-49 rating. If a show's season to date 18-49 ratings average equalled its network's 18-49 average, the show would have an Index of 1.00. Without special factors, scripted shows that were more than 10% below their network's average are typically canceled by the end of the broadcast primetime season.
Factors that could cause a show to be renewed with well below average index:
- (F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays have been renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.
- (S) - Syndication: Shows nearing syndication (66-88 episodes), often have economic factors that trump ratings leading to renewal.
- (T) - Third Party: Shows that have a portion of their cost underwritten by a 3rd party can be renewed with substantially lower ratings.
- (P) - Produced by the network's production company - For shows on the bubble, being produced by the network's corporate production company can be a survival advantage. For real losers, it's unlikely to help.
While I initially tried to designate shows with "plum" timeslots, I think that's hard to make that call at this point in the season. It's likely still a factor, but will have to be an "after the fact" call.
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings used are Live+Same Day viewing.