CBS: Silent Night, Canceled Show? Which Show(s) Would You Cancel? (Poll)

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

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December 18th, 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 through December 16, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Made In Jersey (F)* canceled 0.36
CSI:NY (F) :cry: :cry: 0.52
Blue Bloods (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.52
The Good Wife :| :| :| 0.65
The Mentalist :| :| :| 0.65
Vegas :cry: :cry: 0.67
Hawaii Five-0 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.79
Partners* canceled 0.79
Elementary :) :) :) :) 0.88
CSI :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.90
NCIS: Los Angeles :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.08
Person Of Interest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.09
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
Mike & Molly :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
How I Met Your Mother** :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.17
NCIS :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.25
2 Broke Girls :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.32
Two And A Half Men** :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.42
The Big Bang Theory already renewed 1.90

We're into the holiday season for the Renew / Cancel Index and this post before the holiday break gives readers a chance to pick which shows they'd cancel were they a network programmer. You can vote as many times as you'd like, pick as many as you'd like. I've included every show, even canceled ones, so that no one feels left out!

Scheduling note: The Renew / Cancel Index will return with new Indexes and predictions on January 8, 2013 and will then only use the ratings since December 31, 2012 for its calculations for the remainder of the season. Expect prediction changes in the first weeks of 2013.



  • :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.


    I chose Partners

  • Dan S

    It felt good cancelling Partners & MIJ all over again. I’d also kill Elementary because it’s being wasted in a fairly easy time period on Thur & down to the low 2’s now in the demo. I think of CSI:NY as the ROE of dramas & delivers respectable Fri numbers. Try something new in its slot & it will likely flop. Golden Boy is already expected to flop when it replaces NY in the spring.

  • Ram510

    Of it were up to my 2BG and stupid M&M would’ve never made it in the air in the first place, so yes I would cancel them

    And it’s time for Mentalist, Good Wife and 2.5 Men to go as well

  • Ram510

    And I would also cancel Elementary.

    But in reality with Elementary getting the post Super Bowl it’s virtually gauranteed a 2nd season

  • Jared K

    CSI: NY is the best candidate for cancellation after Vegas. The show survived by the thinnest of margins over CSI: Miami last year, and I find it hard to believe that it’s done anything to earn another reprieve. A year older, a little more expensive, and I personally think that either The Good Wife or The Mentalist could do comparable numbers on Friday.

    Speaking of The Good Wife and The Mentalist, it all comes down to syndication economics, since the ratings for the two are basically identical.

    CBS owns The Good Wife, which means more syndication profits (of course, TGW doesn’t HAVE a syndication deal yet). The Mentalist, meanwhile is owned by Warner Brothers, not CBS, but already has a syndication deal in place. So the play is too see just how low WB is willing to go on the license fee for TM. If they’re willing to play (low)ball, then bring back TM and cancel TGW (or give it a short final season on Friday). If not, cancel TM and roll the dice that another 22 episodes will help make TGW more attractive to potential buyers.

    HIMYM’s ratings obviously merit a renewal, but for the sake of the love I once had for the show, I want them to wrap it up this year, and I SINCERELY hope that the network lets the Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Co. do that. Ditto for TAAHM, although there is no love lost there (Unfortunately, TAAHM will only end when Ashton Kutcher’s asking price becomes too exorbitant for CBS to stomach).

    Everything else is safe.

  • One

    Partners, Meyeke and Molly, Vegas, 2 Broke Girls, CSeye:New York, 2.5 Men, How Eye Met Your Mother, and Made In Jersey.

  • Stephen

    Besides MIJ and Partners, I’d cancel CSI:NY, Vegas, and Mentalist.

    CSI:NY has hit point where even another season for syndication may not be profitable enough. Vegas is doing too poorly and is a freshman show so that’s gone. Mentalist may not be worth it for CBS to keep around so I’d get rid of it.

    Everything else at this point I would keep. TGW right now gets a renewal for 12-18 eps IMO to sweeten a potential syndication deal. HF-0 & Blue Bloods also worth keeping for money from syndication.

  • Ming

    Vegas and CSI NY

  • s0303

    vegas is a goner…i would probably cancel the mentalist also since the good wife and csi ny (i believe) are both produced by cbs…

  • Justin

    Cancel Mike & Molly.

  • David

    I would cancel everything except for maybe Person of Interest and The Good Wife.

  • Court

    Cancel the good wife and Vegas . They bad show. I went csiny back next year.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Cancel everything but HFO and PoI! I hate cops shows and sitcoms! :-)

    OK, maybe keep Big Bang Theory…only because it does so well. One would have to be an idiot to cancel that. :-)

  • Tom

    I’d kill Vegas, CSI:NY, and put Good Wife and The Mentalists producers in cage match and keep the one I get for cheaper.

  • Nick

    What CBS should do for 2013-2014:

    8: How I Met Your Mother (full final season)
    8:30: Mike & Molly
    9: 2 Broke Girls
    9:30: Untitled Vanessa McCarthy project (new)
    10: Elementary

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Midseason- CSI: New York and The Good Wife

  • JD

    LOL at the people calling for Elementary’s head on a platter. Aww. *pats you all cutely*

    Sorry, but it’s not going anywhere soon. The ratings that it has are still pretty strong for that timeslot…and from what I’ve seen after watching the show myself, I think it’ll only get better in the new year.

  • rob60990

    The Mentalist is looking more and more dead.

  • psychic

    I’d be happy with two more seasons for The Mentalist. It’ll be lucky to survive another year. Wrap Red John the hell up. Almost everyone, apart from the nutcases on, is literally screaming for Mr. Omnipotent to just go away.

  • CBSviewer

    I like every Shows on CBS except The Good Wife so, of course, i want it to get the axe. But sincerely I don’t know which Show will go.
    CSI: NY is old and expensive but it has “good” ratings on Friday (above Blue Bloods). The contracts of the cast members are going until 2014 (tenth season) and the Show is less expensive since Sela Ward joined the cast in 2010. The Show will have 197 episodes at the end of this Season and it has a VERY good syndication deal (more episodes is better). Plus last year CSI: NY got a 1.8 and made more money than CSI: Miami which got a 2.3. This season THE MENTALIST has an average of 1.8 and THE GOOD WIFE a 1.7. If CSI: NY made more money than Miami it’s certainly making more money than the two other this Season.
    THE MENTALIST is often delayed to 10:30 or 11 and it’s killing the Show.
    THE GOOD WIFE needs a syndication deal and it’s not much expensive.

  • tahina

    I doubt CBS will cancel ELementry, that’s their baby! Feel Vegas can’t hold it any longer..the cast, well some, it’s great..why did it go wrong. Oh, well..wishing for a miracle. :(

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