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

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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.

  • Jonathan

    Rules is 14 eps away from 100.

    I can’t imagine it not getting one more year as reward for consistent ratings despite being constantly jerked around.

  • Gingotts

    Alas, Jonathan, those doing the deciding on RoE are those who have taken such glee in jerking it around…

    Oh and
    The Big Bang Theory 2 (+1)
    Person of Interest 18 (-1)

  • larenz

    All CBS show are high rated they have to cancel something so they have new slots for new shows for next season! But i totally think that CBS should step they game up for next season!!

  • kheth navars

    Don’t understand why cbs cancel unforgettable. I watch it whenever is on air.

  • Dan

    @Bill – Rules of Engagement is now looking to be renewed. Deadline reports that CBS is negotiating with Sony to pick the show up for a likely final 13 episode 7th season which will get the series to 100 episodes. Also the comedy expansion doesn;t look likely as Person of Interest is looking to stay put 9:00 Thursdays.

  • Rebecca

    THE BIG BANG THEORY – 3 (+1)
    PERSON OF INTEREST – 17 (-1)

    quote from NCIS [1.1]:
    Gibbs: We’re LEOs.
    TSA Agent Dennis: Ah, I’m a Capricorn.
    Tony: LEO, short for Law Enforcement Officer.
    Gibbs: Are you… new at this, Dennis?
    Dennis: First week! [checks their papers] N-C-I-S. Never heard of it.
    Gibbs: [to Tony] Now that’s embarrassing.
    Dennis: NCIS? That anything like CSI?
    Tony: Only if you’re dyslexic.

  • Bill Gorman

    “@Bill – Rules of Engagement is now looking to be renewed. Deadline reports that CBS is negotiating with Sony to pick the show up for a likely final 13 episode 7th season which will get the series to 100 episodes. Also the comedy expansion doesn;t look likely as Person of Interest is looking to stay put 9:00 Thursdays.”

    Yeah, after CBS picked up just two sitcoms from their pilots the likelihood that they’d expand their sitcom time pretty much vanished.

    Looks like a pretty standard year for CBS then. At least one new Fall sitcom, probably one new sitcom held for mid-season/in reserve if the rookie fails. Three new Fall dramas, one drama held for mid-season. Sounds like the biggest sticking point in the RoE renewal is whether they get 13 or more episodes.

    We’ll know at 5am Pacific time tomorrow. Yawn!

  • Cerebro

    For me, the biggest shocker on the road to the upfronts was the CSI decision. Like the lot of you, my money was on the bear eating “NY”. “NY”, barely, made it back this season. Since September, I, pretty much, figured it’s fate was sealed. I’m guessing money was the big driver, here. “Miami”, being two years older than “NY”, would, certainly, have been a much more expensive show.

    What will be interesting to see, tomorrow, is what show CBS will, now, position as their “sacrificial lamb”. Whatever they plug into the Sunday 10:00 PM slot is going to get killed by constant sports delays. My guess would be that they push “The Good Wife” back an hour, since next season will, probably, be it’s last, anyway.

    In the meantime, enjoy the last season of “CSI: NY” (this time, we mean it). Seriously, I’ll eat my hat if it, somehow, manages to be granted a third stay of execution.

  • alexjones

    CBS seem to be waiting til the very last second to decide on rules of engagement for some reason, feel sorry for fans of that show, not knowing what’s going to happen with it.

  • Dan

    My guess is that CBS will put one new comedy to air after The Big Bang Theory in the Fall. And Mondays will look the same. If they aren’t expanding the comedy block, and all 5 returning comedies return in the fall (sans Rules) then the schedule may look like this

    8:00 How I Met Your Mother
    8:30 2 Broke Girls
    9:00 Two and a Half Men
    9:30 Mike and Molly
    10:00 Hawaii 5-0

    8:00 The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 Partners
    9:00 Person of Interest
    10:00 Elementary or Ralph Lamb

    Rules and Friend Me will probably air midseason. If Partners succeeds in the fall then maybe CBS will pair them on another night midseason.

    Since its likely CBS is only airing 1 new comedy this fall, My guess is that they would air it post The Big Bang Theory instead of post Two and a Half Men. CBS has been looking for a hit to air post Big Bang and they havent found it with failed series like Bleep My Dad Says, How to Be a Gentleman and ROB. CBS likes Person of Interest airing 9:00 Thursdays so they will likely keep it their and my guess is that The Mentalist may move to 10:00 Sundays in place of the canceled CSI Miami. Blue Bloods and The final season of CSI NY will probably stay Fridays with a new drama at 8 pm. This is all speculation but its a good guess.

  • Dan

    @Alexjones Its not CBS “waiting” its ongoing negotiations between then and Sony which is good news. If it wasd bad news then they wouldve canceled the show already but it seems CBS wants it back for a final year of 13 episodes, which makes sense since Rules is always a utility player for the network.

  • trip

    CBS is known for canceling every show that lands on Sunday 10pm. Who ever has time to wait during 60mins after the over time sports. CSI-Miami should have took the 9pm slot on Monday just before Hawaii 50. I dear CBS to put their top show H-50 in CSI-Miami’s current Sunday 10pm slot and the same thing will happen… CSI-Miami is a very popular show, if CBS had it with the M-F slot the ratings would be sky high. But like the networks knows it all – this is coming from a 28 year old.

  • The Yipster

    I thought CBS was…or should have renewed CSI: Miami and NY to short final seasons and have them share the timeslot on Friday. I mean, a series that lasts up to 10 seasons doesn’t mean anything to CBS? I don’t watch CSI: Miami, but even I find the show’s cancellation to be a bit cruel. My condolences goes to the CSI: Miami fans for not getting the proper ending they deserve!

  • mgibson

    I don’t believe Two Broke Girls, which is a really dumb show got renewed and Rob which was actually funny wasn’t. Just show what can happen when you can play dumb and blonde; you don’t have to be funny.

  • emmytoo

    HATE that Harry’s Law is cancelled. Because of the age of the viewers? Who do they think has money to buy stuff anyway

  • pretty parker

    What will there be to watch. I thought A gifted man was a brilliant show, why was cancelled. Frankly I think CSI NY should be cancelled instead of Miami. On fridays I watch Grimm on NBC then Blue Bloods, not CSI NY.

  • Spencer

    I watch 12 CBS Shows
    12. How I met Your Mother
    11. Rules
    10. ¡Rob!
    09. 2 Broke Girls
    08. Two and a half men
    07. Mike And Molly
    06. Big Brother
    05. Criminal Minds
    04. Survivor
    03. How to be a gentleman
    02. Unforgettable
    01. The Big Bang Theory

  • Diane P

    Very happy CSI NY was renewed. Bummed about Miami too but if one had to go I’m glad CSI NY made the cut. As for Unforgettable I was taken aback with its cancellation but not really surprised. Wasn’t too fond of Poppy Montgomery’s character. Thought she was too brash and too angry all the time. Made it hard for me to like her. Hope RoE comes back. One of my favorite comedies. Needs a permanent placement in the schedule though. If people aren’t watching it’s because of the latter.

  • Cath

    CSI NY is so dull

  • Emma212

    All I have to say is I liked unforgettable and can’t believe CBS canceled it. They better not even think of ever canceling Criminal Minds because I’ll boycott..

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