CBS: 'Partners' Is Certain To Be Canceled, Why Didn't It Get Pulled For 'Rules Of Engagement' Already?

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November 13th, 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-November 11, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Made In Jersey (F)* canceled 0.36
CSI:NY (F) :| :| :| 0.52
Blue Bloods (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.53
The Good Wife :| :| :| 0.67
The Mentalist :| :| :| 0.70
Hawaii Five-0 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.75
Vegas :cry: :cry: 0.75
Partners :oops:canceled 11/16 0.81
CSI :) :) :) :) 0.92
Elementary :) :) :) :) 0.94
Person Of Interest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
Mike & Molly :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
NCIS: Los Angeles :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.16
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.16
How I Met Your Mother** :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.22
2 Broke Girls :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.32
NCIS :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.36
Two And A Half Men** :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.42
Big Bang Theory already renewed 1.89

11/16 Update: Partners has been canceled.
CBS typically cancels its lowest rated sitcom each season, so rookie sitcom Partners has been certain to be canceled from the day its ratings stumbled out of the gate. It's likely still on the air because of the economic reality for stocking up on replacement shows I wrote about in the ABC post this week. Although CBS could have put Rules Of Engagement in its slot quickly the same way they did for How To Be A Gentleman last season. Perhaps they have other plans for Rules, or perhaps there's some problem with mid-season sitcom Friend Me that we don't know about. CBS' future actions this season may shed light on why, or we may never know.

Rookie Vegas was off last week for Election Night coverage, so no more ratings news to factor into its prospects. It's still more likely to be canceled than renewed by May.

It's virtually certain that CBS will cancel two of the following dramas CSI:NY, The Good Wife, The Mentalist and Vegas so they can have room to premiere 3 new dramas next fall. Read more about that here.

Why are Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods "certain to be renewed"? 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. Read more about that here.

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

** The Renew/Cancel Index does not attempt to predict shows ending because the cast or production company chooses to end them. These shows have the ratings for renewal, but rumored cast/production company moves may end the shows.


  • :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.

  • cris

    Don’t cancel The Good Wife, is a great series, CBS should cancel Vegas, The Mentalist (I used to like it before but now :() or move H50 to friday, to give a chance to TGW.
    And about Partners, I think it’s a very entertaining series, but still it have low ratings every week. However T&HM only have high ratings because it airs after The Big Bang Theory, so I think they should cancel Partners or reduce the episodes of T&HM to 15 or 13 and give a chance to Rules of Engagement which is also a very entertaining comedy :). But That’s my opinion :).

  • Nick

    This is actually my favorite fantasy schedule of mine. :-D

    CBS 2013-2014 schedule:

    8: Untitled The Brady Bunch sequel (new)
    8:30: Mike & Molly
    9: 2 Broke Girls
    9:30: Untitled Vanessa McCarthy project (new)
    10: Elementary

    8: NCIS
    9: Untitled NCIS: LA spinoff (new)
    10: NCIS: Los Angeles

    8: CSI
    9: Criminal Minds
    10: Darkness Falls (new)

    8: The Big Bang Theory
    8:30: Two and a Half Men (final season)
    9: Person of Interest
    10: Intelligence (new)

    8: Undercover Boss
    9: Blue Bloods
    10: Hawaii 5-0

    8: CSI (R)
    9: The Mentalist (R)
    10: 48 Hours Mystery

    7: 60 Minutes
    8: Survivor
    9: The Amazing Race
    10: The Mentalist

    The Good Wife, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: NY for midseason.

  • Reality Buff

    Yeah Survivor and The Amazing Race. Both are unscipted, so I have no business here…

  • KJ Styles

    @TVAllDay- “You watched the first episode so that entitles you to say a show should get canceled. ok. a lot of shows first episode sucked & they go on for years.”

    The difference between those shows and Partners is that they have good ratings. Partners does not, nor is it critically acclaimed.

    “& watch the next show gets axed too so what then.”

    That’s the nature of the beast. Shows that get ratings get renewed, and shows that don’t get cancelled. Always has been that way and always will be.

    “So you think the only reasons ppl get jobs is b/c they’re hot. wow. doesn’t matter if they’re talented or not. as long as they’re hot they’ll find work fairly easily. Did i get that right.”

    No, you got it wrong because I did not say that. What I said was that Partners is a bad show. You seem to only like it because you want Sophia Bush on your TV. What I was getting at was that while she is nice to look at, she’s on a crappy show. Put her on a better show and I’d be more intrigued.

    As far as finding work is concerned, what I was getting at with that is that actors and actresses have a easier time finding work than non-celebrities because Hollywood is in high demand for them, regardless of what they look like. Don’t put words in my mouth dude.

  • Justin121

    The Good Wife will be renewed. Highest-quality series on television without competition.

    CSI: NY and The Mentalist will fight for the remaining open slot.

    Vegas is dead.

    [HIMYM – Mike & Molly – 2 Broke Girls – New Comedy] is the way to go to.

  • cris

    my dream schedule
    8. NEW COMEDY of Micheal Patrick King
    8:30 Rules of Engagement
    9. 2 Broke Girls
    9:30 Mike & Molly
    10. The Good Wife

    8. NCIS
    9. Unforgettable
    10. Blue Bloods

    8. Undercover Boss
    9. Criminal Minds
    10. Person of interes

    8. The Big Bang Theory
    8:30. Partners / MidSea: Two and a half men
    9. CSI
    10. NEW DRAMA of Anthony E. Zuiker or Meredith Stiehm (I loved Cold Case :))

    8. Survivor
    9. Elementary
    10. Hawai 5-0

    8. CLASSIC REPEATS (Without a trace, Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs)
    9. CLASSIC REPEATS (Without a trace, Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs)
    10. 48 hours

    7. 60 minutes
    8. The Amazing Race
    9-10. REPEATS!!! (Stop killing great shows)

    Summer: CSI: NY, The Mentalist, NCIS: LA (probably)

  • mayorofsmpleton

    The Good Wife moves to Fridays… and it will do just fine there. It skews older but it held fairly steady moving from Tuesday to Sunday. The audience that watches will follow to Friday. CSI: NY is dead. Vegas isn’t far behind. Those are the two to go. TGW should be held to midseason and run January through May.

  • Tre

    Holly, it’s been in the trades ‘re TM.

  • Networkman

    CSI:NY is needed for this season. I feel CBS should extended its episode order. Give it a full 22 episodes and give it a proper finale. I feel Gary Sinise is probably ready to move on. But that would allow for this drama to have produced over 200 episodes. Then next season, the original CSI would be the only one left. It is doing really good on Wednesday, but I feel CBS would need it to help Sunday Night. Besides CSI:NY, Vegas would be the other drama cancelled at the end of the season. The Good Wife would return at midseason with its finale 13 episodes. And a third NCIS is not needed. I hope CBS does not go thru with that.

    7:00 Football Overrun
    7:30 60 Minutes
    8:30 The Amazing Race
    9:30 CSI (2 final seasons remaining)
    10:30 Comedy repeats
    After Football is over Hostages would inherit the 10pm slot after CSI.

    8pm *Beverly Hills Cop
    9pm Two & A Half Men
    9:30pm Mike & Molly
    10:00 *Trooper
    I would have Unforgettable on stand by if Trooper fails

    8pm NCIS
    9pm NCIS:LA
    10pm Hawaii Five-O

    8pm Survivor
    9pm Elementary-CBS is hoping this show’s audience increases after SuperBowl
    10pm Criminal Minds

    8pm The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 *New Comedy
    9:00 2 Broke Girls
    9:30 *New Comedy
    10pm Person of Interest

    8pm Undercover Boss/The Good Wife
    9pm The Mentalist
    10pm Blue Bloods

  • Big Dick

    I’m a fan of The Good Wife and with the uncertain air times each Sunday, I feel that CBS really hasn’t done thewm any favors. With the start time bounced around by the length of the football game aired earlier, I wonder what impact this has on the show’s ratings? I’m not sure other TV viewers are like me but check the guide and decide what I’m going to watch for the entire evening. As a result (and due to the floating start time), I seldom watch the show live and instead record it for later viewing…and even at that, I typically have to set the DVR to record both The Good Wife AND The Mentalist (which follows) to insure that I get the entire hour. While recording, I watch other programs on competing networks that start at the regular hour breaks. Is anyone else ticked at CBS for handicapping this program with a sliding start time?

  • sebacon

    cbs gets more and more boring…and dont have nothing more to offer

  • Justin121

    “I still say Vegas and The Mentalist get cancelled, while CSI: NY and The Good Wife get renewed.”

    On any other network, The Mentalist and The Good Wife would be billed Final Seasons.

    (So would How I Met Your Mother and Two and A Half Men.)

    But no, not on C. B. S.

    At least the comedies will get that honor, because they get ratings too good to be “cancelled” (as opposed to “ended”).

    However, fans of either The Mentalist or The Good Wife will be sorely disappointed this May or next (remember, there’s still the Summer wild card, as Unforgattable is unlikely to remain lonely over there).

    I personally give the edge to The Good Wife, for several reasons (critical darling, CBS-produced, CBS-**loved**) and I think it stays on Sundays until CSI: NY gets cancelled, this May or next, then it moves to Fridays to be paired with Blue Bloods; I see GOOD WIFE going for as long as seven seasons.

    I also believe Good Wife gets a Final Season.

  • AniMatsuri

    Like I said obviously some executive likes Partners so its not going anywhere. It’s only a matter of if he likes it enough to give it a full season order. Although with these ratings, probably not enough to give it a 2nd season.

  • del

    I need a bit of help understanding why you are suggesting VEGAS is being considered for cancellation when its ‘numbers in millions of viewers’ watching is so high (14.85, 12.11, 11.78, 10.8, 10.75) compare this to:
    Arrow (4.14, 3.55, 3.51, 3.05, 3.75) okay, CW is a small network, not mainstream & this is there best effort to date
    Hawaii five-0 (8.06, 7.95, 8.39, 8.70, 7.53, 7.96) down 2-3 million from previous seasons
    Elementary’s similar viewership (13.41, 11.13, 10.91, 10.31, 10.49, 10.90) or
    Criminal minds slightly higher (11.73, 11.49, 11.81, 11.61, 11.99, 12.09) yet both of these you deem safe
    Good wife noticeably lower (9.93, 8.95, 9.12, 10.02, 9.51, 9.93, 9.02)
    CSI also lower (10.78, 10.70, 10.63, 9.95, 10.91, 10.33)
    Mentalist also lower (11.06, 9.02, 10.74, 8.10, 10.17, 9.11, 10.15) should be the focus of your cancellation theory
    I would say by the numbers , Vegas is looking pretty strong, in fact it is ranked fourth most viewed ‘new’ show on tv (after, Revolution, Elementary & Go On) Any input would be appreciated

  • Bill Gorman

    @del, the total viewership of the show is irrelevant.

    Advertisers pay for age/gender demo group ratings only.

  • jk

    @ del, Syndication economics also plays a factor. 4 seasons is generally the magic number needed to get a syndication deal done, which means big bucks. Once a show is renewed for a second season, it will most likely have to be renewed for a third (not always — network may chose to stop here) and fourth (pretty much always, if renewed for a third) to achieve syndication. In other words, the network will have to sit through two additional seasons to achieve the required 4. New shows must show that they have a good chance at standing strong for at least four seasons to be considered for a second season renewal. Most veteran shows already have syndication deals, so they may be renewed with slightly lower ratings because the network (most of the time) is making $ from the syndication of those shows already.

  • AniMatsuri

    Still, you have to wonder how long advertisers or more directly ad agencies who actually do the buys to rely on a demo that’s continueing to shrink each year.

  • del

    Thank-you Bill & JK – i find this absolutely fascinating. I can now understand the value of renewing say a declining established show as more monies can be made/recovered by selling in syndication. But I am still unclear why an ‘age/gender demo group ratings’ means as mush as you suggest. For example – a movies financial success is based primarily on seats sold (followed by a second tier of sales in DVD/streaming) So logically when applied to tv broadcasting it would stand to reason that the more viewers would give the advertisers more exposure. Would you be so kind as to expand on why this age group is so vital (aside from the obvious …under 18 has minimal disposable income, over 49 tend to be more fiscally responsible…??) Thanks in advance for your time to reply

  • AniMatsuri

    It’s a scam started by ABC back in the early ’70s. You can read about it in a book called Prime Time Propaganda by Ben Shapiro. All the other nets bought into it and that’s how it’s been ever since.

    That’s one of the reasons a lot of westerns and shows like the Beverly Hillbillies got cancelled even though they were still getting big ratings. None of them fit the “cool demo” that this site uses to predict cancelations or renewals from.

  • Nick


    The actual number of people in the demo is not really going down (it went down a measly 1.03% from last year to this year. It’s most likely a temporary decline though, thanks to the end of the baby boomers exiting the age group. It should be back up soon.). The more important thing, and what I think you mean, is the number of people in the demo that watch broadcast TV. Yes, that is going down, significantly. But, shocker, so is total viewership! The networks have been dealing with this problem for years. It’s nothing new. Every year, the demo goes down. But, coincidently, every year, ad prices go up as well. The total number of people watching in the demo is down, but the unit rate for Adults 18-49 is up.

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