CBS Renew/Cancel Wrap: 'Unforgettable,' 'CSI:Miami,' 'A Gifted Man' Canceled; 'CSI:NY' Renewed

Categories: Cancel/Renew CBS Shows,Cancel/Renew Index

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May 15th, 2012

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2011-12 season in May, 2012. (includes results from January 2- May 13, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
A Gifted Man (F)* canceled 0.45
NYC 22 canceled 0.46
CSI:NY (F) renewed 0.55
Blue Bloods (F) renewed 0.57
The Good Wife* renewed 0.68
CSI: Miami* canceled 0.72
Unforgettable canceled 0.72
How To Be A Gentleman * canceled 0.74
The Mentalist renewed 0.90
Hawaii Five-0 renewed 0.92
CSI  renewed 0.93
Rules of Engagement renewed 1.02
Person Of Interest renewed 1.04
NCIS: Los Angeles  renewed 1.04
Rob* canceled 1.07
Criminal Minds  renewed 1.08
Mike & Molly renewed 1.15
NCIS  renewed 1.24
How I Met Your Mother  renewed 1.27
2 Broke Girls renewed 1.33
Two And A Half Men renewed 1.39
Big Bang Theory renewed 1.74


I knew one of the CSI offspring would get canned, but I admitted not really being able to pick which one since the decision was likely driven by syndication economics that are hidden to us. I went with CSI:NY to be canceled, and CSI: Miami was instead. C'est la vie.

Otherwise, I picked every other CBS renewal and cancellation correctly for the season, with a push for The Good Wife predicted as a "toss up", (pending the final decision on Rules Of Engagement, which I predicted would be renewed). I will edit this post and the table once the final word on RoE is known tomorrow morning.

5/21 Update: Rules of Engagement has been renewed and will return mid-season.

With that the Index bids the 2011-12 CBS season adieu, there will be no more CBS Renew / Cancel posts until September. Happy summer CBS!

The Renew / Cancel Index above includes results beginning January 2, 2012. How did CBS' shows stack up based on their Fall results? Click here.

*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index "frozen" at the point they left the schedule.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2012
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2012
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2012
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2012
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2012

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show's new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It's calculated by dividing a show's new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show's own network. The network's average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ex. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How would the Renew / Cancel Index Have Done Predicting Last Season's Scripted Show Fates? Check out how the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2010-11 broadcast television season.

  • Mickey 1.0

    I think you mean CSI NY renewed. Kinda hard for CSI Miami to be both canceled and renewed.

  • RyanCanada

    my mother is so upset when i told her Missing, CSIMIAMI, Unforgettable, a gifted man, and Harry’s law were cancelled lol..i guess her age group doesnt help the 18-49 demo.. smh CBS is dumb, if they were smart they would have axed CSINY instead,

  • MaryA

    Disappointed that Unforgettable is cancelled! One of my favorites. Boo!

  • Bill Gorman

    “I think you mean CSI NY renewed. Kinda hard for CSI Miami to be both canceled and renewed.”

    Grievous headline typo fixed!

  • psychic

    I thought it said Miami renewed before I clicked on it… I was confused. xP
    That’s too bad about Miami.

  • psychic

    NYC-22 didn’t get much of a chance, did it? Didn’t it premiere only a couple of weeks ago, and it’s cancelled already?

  • Bill Gorman

    “I thought it said Miami renewed before I clicked on it… I was confused. ”

    It did. It was a horrible typo. Now fixed.

  • Mon

    CSI: NY is may be the luckiest show ever. It cheated death twice! Thanks CBS for another season. I hope it stays at Friday 9pm thought I won’t be surprised if it moves to Sunday 10pm.

    It is not dumb to renew a show that you personally thought was absolutely dead. CBS considered factors that are hidden to the public. Less expensive? More compatible with current line-up? More income? Only the eye knows.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Since CBS is the only one of the networks airing 3 hours of scripted programming on Fridays, they seem comfortable in taking into account the “Friday Factor” (as well as potential syndication economics) for their programming. Although the other networks seem to have followed suit with Nikita, Fringe, and to some extent Grimm.

  • rob60990

    what exactly is CBS waiting for with their decision on Rules of Engagement.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Am I correct in remembering that this is the third year that CBS has chosen to cancel its lowest rated new comedy or does that patter go back ever further. Accidently on Purpose and S#%@ My Dad Says come to mind.

  • Ultima

    NYC-22 didn’t get much of a chance, did it? Didn’t it premiere only a couple of weeks ago, and it’s cancelled already?

    The alternative was not getting a series order in the first place.

    CBS had three new hour-long timeslots and two backups. Both Unforgettable and Person of Interest did well enough to get full season orders and obviously they’re going to use the established backup in Undercover Boss first.

    Playing things safe is the right move, but sometimes that means the backup show gets a very late premiere. They still gave it plenty of promotion, but it just didn’t get the numbers.

    Maybe they should have premeired it in the fall instead of A Gifted Man (or Unforgettable). Hindsight is 20/20.

  • victoria

    On a personal level delighted CSI:NY renewed as opposwed to Miami, the stories and acting have been much superior in the last Season, however it has come as a shock.

    Really expected both to go and if one was to survive all the evidence pointed to Miami.

    Obviously there must have been a lot of factors the public just don’t know about which came into play.

  • KJ Styles

    The only excuse I can think of for them renewing CSI NY over Miami is that they didn’t want to launch another new drama on Fridays since that day doesn’t seem to work for any show ratings wise. I predict either the Good Wife will move to Fridays for it’s final season, or they’ll just run Undercover Boss and another reality show on Fridays for the entire season.

    I get the feeling that Rules Of Engagement will be renewed for a final season given that they haven’t picked up more new comedies.

  • Tom

    NY over Miami once again proves that when it comes to international syndication, cable syndication, etc. (not to mention the current costs of the shows themselves!), we just don’t have enough information to make informed guesses on these older CBS bubble cases.

    Who would have thought that CBS, who gave us so many renewals so early, would also be the last one leaving us hanging with RoE!

  • Fake Me Out


    I haven’t watched CSI: Miami for a few years now, nor NY for that matter, but I think CBS has shown disrespect to the show and it’s fans by not giving it a chance to go out knowing ahead of time that this was the last season. Yes, I know, it’s a business, but most businesses don’t go out of their way to p*** off their customers. It’s not like this was a rookie show and everyone knows it’s hit or miss … this was a 10 year veteran and I think it deserved better.

    I’ll toss out a guess as to why NY over Miami … Sinise gets a piece of the backend as a producer so he may have been more flexible on his actors salary whereas Caruso was denied producer credits and would be looking for most of his $$ up front. Not a gigantic reason but it may have been enough to tip the scales …


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  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Did CSI MIami have a continuing story arc that really required wrapping up? I agree it would be nice for the fans though. With procedures when they are cancelled I just tend to think that the crime fighting of the team continues on just not for my viewing pleasure. Serials like Fringe or Supernatural are another matter completely.

  • JC

    Maybe I am just waxing nostalgic but 200+ episodes earns you a “farewell season”. I’m ok with Miami being cancelled even though it was one of my favs but I would have liked to see it get a swan song.

    As far as Unforgettable goes, it was a good show Not sure what people didnt see in it.

  • JC

    @ Anthony Parello (AP076) – It did but it didnt. They had a serial killer arc but one of the CSI’s took the fall for it. You could have ended on that, but in reality you wanted to see the killer caught.

  • danny94

    Got knows why cbs is such a popular network it is full of dull procedual’s and crude comedies… there is absolutly no originality what so ever… boring!!

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