CBS: Two Of 'CSI:NY,' 'The Good Wife,' 'The Mentalist' & 'Vegas' Will Be Canceled

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

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October 23rd, 2012

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts the network's decision on renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2012-13 season in May, 2013. (includes results from September 17-October 21, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Made In Jersey (F) canceled 0.36*
CSI:NY (F) :| :| :| 0.48
Blue Bloods (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.51
The Good Wife :| :| :| 0.67
The Mentalist :| :| :| 0.69
Hawaii Five-0 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.74
Partners :oops: 0.81
Vegas :| :| :| 0.82
CSI :) :) :) :) 0.94
Elementary :) :) :) :) 1.00
Person Of Interest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Mike & Molly :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.17
NCIS: Los Angeles :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.20
How I Met Your Mother :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.25
2 Broke Girls :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.33
Two And A Half Men :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.39
NCIS :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.42
Big Bang Theory already renewed 1.82

Since 2006-7, CBS has debuted three new dramas every Fall except one (just 2 in 2008-9) , so CBS typically cancels three of its Fall dramas to make room for three more the next Fall. (Edit: my miscount, there were 3 in 2008-9, thanks Riff!)

With the early cancellation of Made In Jersey, that leaves two more of the current Fall dramas left to be canceled.

Because of the wide gap in relative ratings, they'll pick those two canceled shows from among their four drama ratings "have nots": CSI:NY, The Good Wife, The Mentalist and Vegas.

Sadly, as a wise man who's much closer to the syndication gods than I am noted, we don't have a good handle on what will go into the decision on which two of those four shows get the hook (primarily because syndication economics are invisible to us), but we don't need to in order to know that at least two will go.

Of course, CBS doesn't *always* cancel three Fall dramas.  CBS could cancel three and then un-cancel one as they did with Unforgettable last season. And in the Fall of 2011, CBS held Undercover Boss off the schedule, opening up an hour, which allowed them to cancel just two dramas in the 2010-11 season. But unless CBS does the same next fall with Survivor or Amazing Race, or replaces an hour of sitcoms with a drama (all of which would be a much bigger surprise), that's not going to happen this season.

Note: if mid-season drama Golden Boy is renewed for another season, three of the above dramas will have to be canceled.

Yes, we'll rehash this same topic so many times in these weekly posts as to grind it into atomic sized dust. There's not much else to talk about with CBS shows this season, or any other. Buckle up!

Why aren't Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods on that list? Both dramas are in their third seasons and need a fourth to reach the "magic" 88 episodes for stripped syndication. Both are "certain to be renewed" for their fourth seasons next year.

Since CBS typically cancels its lowest rated sitcom each season, rookie sitcom Partners doesn't have much of a life expectancy either, it's almost certain to be replaced, likely by Rules Of Engagement, at some point this season.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. This season you can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.
*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, 2013
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2013
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2013
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2013
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2013

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 past television seasons.

  • A

    Considering the fact that The Mentalist isn’t a CBS production (whereas The Good Wife is), The Mentalist is more likely to be cancelled than The Good Wife. It’s plausible that The Good Wife could get a final 13-order for next season to give the show closure.

  • Evan

    I think people are overlooking the fact that The Mentalist has made it into the top 20 most watched TV shows (according to Nielsen ratings) for the past 4 seasons. Now that it moved to Sunday nights it dropped an average of 2.5 million viewers? That is typical of a move to Sunday night. Now, If they moved it back to Thursday nights with POI again, The Mentalist would be back in the running for top 20 most watched TV shows for 2012-2013. Problem solved.

  • Nancy Hegan

    Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two Broke Girls—not even possible to force myself to laugh at these. But must be lots of idiots who do

  • Nancy Hegan

    Keep The Good Wife, everyone I know is hooked on it! Get rid of Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. We’ve forced ourselves to laugh at those long enough.

  • Drys

    “Don’t worry yet — #TheMentalist has been picked up for seasons 5 and 6. #Yay.”

    Bruno also gave an interview in July that he was pleased it was picked up for 2 seasons to give them the scope they need to finish the story.

  • boom boom

    need to move the mentalist back to Thursday, Sunday time slot will get it cancelled for sure

  • Pete the Fed

    Hate to see Elementary or Vegas go. Both have great stories and acting. I still watch the Mentalist and CSI-NY (much better than CSI-Miami), but would rather have Elementary and Vegas stick around.

  • Bill Gorman

    “The Mentalist, Eleventh Hour, The Ex List. No exceptions.”

    Whoops! Missed that!

    Editing post.

  • Billy martins

    Here is my opinion for CBS the shedcule for next season for 2013/14 a whole lot of shows need to be shoveled around & their are some that needs to go like 2&/men,how I met your mother,CSI NY,Partners,NCSI,& the shows that needs to save are Vegas,the good wife,the mentalist. Here is the new shedcule for 2013/14 shall be for next season starting Sunday

    7pm 60 minutes
    8pm the amazing race
    9pm the mentalist {new time}
    10pm Vegas{new time & day}
    8pm the Big Bang theory
    8:30 pm{new}
    9pm 2 broke girls
    9:30 pm mike & Molly
    10pm blue blood{ new day }
    8pm NCIS Los Angeles
    9pm Hawaii five0
    10pm good wife
    8pm survivor
    9pm criminal minds
    10pm {new}
    8pm {new}
    9pm person of interest
    10pm elementary
    8pm undercover boss
    9pm {new}
    10pm CSI { final season}

  • Gorgeous Seexxee Mee

    No possible way will Good Wife be nixed! Great show- with many, many Emmy’s already! They sure as hell aint gone fix what’s not broken! The acting, and special guest starts are amazing actors and actresses! As far as the other 3 shows- no comment, because I haven’t seen them.

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