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.

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    Don’t care what goes as long as its not Hawaii Five-0 or Elementary.

    My poor Partners. :(

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    Elementary’s renewal will depend on its spring performance. CBS chose it for the SB slot when it was fresh off premiering with a 3.0 and getting in the mid to upper 2.0s. They didn’t foresee the weekly drop-off and Scandal to become revived and start beating it. Now NBC has awakened and has decided to start competing in the slot, putting an Elementary-esque show in the timeslot in January, which might very well siphon off some of CBS’s audience.

    I’m sure CBS thought the Super Bowl slot was going to be the icing on the cake for Elementary as one of their new flagship dramas, but now I think it’s turned into Elementary’s last chance (note to other networks: which is why you don’t give unproven scripted shows the SB slot, lest you look like idiots six months later). If the SB doesn’t boost the show’s ratings long term and give it it a shot in the arm, it’s finished. If it does survive into next season, it will certainly be moved, probably to Vegas’s old slot. CBS has several high profile, high cost series like Beverly Hills Cop and Under the Dome that they’ll want to give prime real estate to.

  • DanOregon

    Vegas really bugs me. With the talent involved, it could/should be so much more than a rehash of Cold Case. Both leads have been reduced to tapioca. Are we supposed to be afraid of Savino? Are we supposed to respect Lamb? If they watered down this show any more, they might as well set it in Mayberry.

  • dmaddox

    We LOVE The Mentalist, Blue Bloods! I hope CBS keeps it. At the least, we need to know who Red John is. It’s a very creative show. There are very few shows out there that don’t have too much sex, bad language or something else offensive. We enjoy Elementary a lot, but our favorite is Person of Interest. Hope CBS keeps these shows. Most of the shows we save on our DVR are CBS shows. I hope that doesn’t have to change.

  • robby

    @ cbs viewer
    i am going to explain my theory to you

    the good wife and csi ny have been on the bubble for a couple of seasons. and cbs has been known to surprise everybody. neither show is getting good ratings

    about the actors fo csi and ncis they are totally two different shows csi is still making without fishburn but Ncis will not make if you take Gibbs out as well as dinnozzo ziva maghee or ducky. that is why other than the cast and producers wanting to go out on top i said next season could ultimatley be ncis’s final season

    vegas is an educated guess becuase like i said there is always a surprise

    getting to the spinoff theory csi is a different story on count of its ratings but if you will remember nbc cancelled Law & Order after its 20th season. now yah L&o la was a flop but the only spinoff on tv right now Law & Order SVU is currenty in its 14th season 3rd sincee the mothership was cancelled and is still doing well in the ratings and is most likely to be renewe so ncis la could make it with ncis.

    neither one of us really knows what cbs is going to do thats why i called it my predictions we will know in may what really happens.

  • robby

    i meant ncis la could make it without ncis

  • robby

    @ cbs viewer
    I did not know about them working on a new ncis series for next season i see what you were talkning about on that front

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    Does anyone have a complete picture of the new shows CBS has on the dock for over the next year? I know there’s:

    Golden Boy (midseason)
    The Job (midseason)
    Unforgettable (summer 2013)
    Under the Dome (summer 2013)
    Beverly Hills Cop (fall 2013)
    Chuck Lorre’s new sitcom (fall 2013)
    Bryan Singer’s Twilight Zone (likely fall 2013)

    It seems like CBS is greenlighting an unusual amount of new series in development. Could that be a sign they’re not going to be as conservative on cancellations as everyone thinks? Chuck Lorre’s new sitcom will take the place of Partners, but that leaves five drama series plus a new reality show for what are right now two, maybe three slots. CBS can’t be betting that Golden Boy, Unforgettable and Under the Dome all flop in order to clear the way for fall 2013.

  • bronxite

    KEEP !!!
    Vegas, Good Wife, NCIS,NCIS LA,CSI Blue Bloods
    Hawaii Five-0 Criminal Minds
    The worst thing for Good Wife was having it on Sunday cause the football games push it later.. CBS should schedule two 1/2 hr shows at 8pm that a just garbage which can be skipped so the 9 & 10 pm shows are at their normal time.. otherwise schedule some 90 minute movie so it doesn’t matter .. I HATE the sometimes 90 minute delay because of football..

    DEFINITELY get rid of CANCEL
    ANY REALITY SHOW along with
    Mike & Molly
    2 Broke Girls
    How I Met Your Mother (depending on cast negotiations)
    Made In Jersey
    two and a half men

  • Zachary

    Why would a show like CSI:NY be in danger of being cancelled when it is watched by nearly 10 million people every week, and on a Friday no less. Also, it ALWAYS wins it’s time period week in and week out. I simply don’t understand the logic here and believe it will be renewed.

  • Hepha

    IMO, CBS hasn’t reached a decision yet. If Golden Boy is doing better than CSI NY on Friday at 9, why would CBS keep a low-rated show in that time slot ?
    But if Golden Boy fails, CBS would realize, one more time, that Friday nights are tough and that CSI NY is doing great !

    So I do hope that Golden Boy will fail ! :D

  • BusyMomBusyLife

    Instead of asking which shows would you cancel, why not ask which of the low rated shows would you like to keep? That way if the networks read your site and are debating which lower rated show to keep, then we might actually help them decide. After all, some successful shows had a slow start, but their loyal base got others to watch and viola, a hit. So say, if show A only gets 10% of the votes and show B gets 70% of the votes and show C gets 20%, it would be a no brainer for the network to choose show B to stay on the air. Asking which show to cancel is just pointless, asking which show to keep is innovative.

  • Kevin

    HIMYM ha now been confirmed renewed.

  • Martine

    Cancel Elementary. That would be a nice Christmas gift for everyones brain cells. there is something really repellant about that show.


    So many fans (and those who hate) love to axe shows….but the reality is CBS is somewhat predictable.

    CSI:NY will be axed…sorry, but it only performs okay and CBS could ultimately fill this slot with another weakening show that is set to move (like the Good Wife)

    The Good Wife will live on for at least 1/2 a season but will most likely end…I expect a nice syndication deal as well

    Vegas will be canceled, poor performance

    The Mentalist will live on for at least one more season in its not so cushy 10pm slot.

    Blue Bloods will also live on due to the hope of a syndication deal and like The Good Wife this show will get a nice slice of the pie.

    Partners/Made In Jersey are already dead
    Golden Boy has a chance but only a very slim one.
    I also expect Rules to get another 1/2 season order…CBS still needs its help despite the very solid comedy line-up (this is only true if they expand to 2 hours though)

  • Man About It

    As long as Person of Interest, NCIS: LA, and Hawaii Five-0 sodier on unscathed, I’m satisfied! Would be nice if CBS finally gave a single-cam, no-laughtrack sitcom a shot.

  • American

    @Man About It
    Single-cams are NBC and (especially) ABC things. It isn’t in CBS’ blood.

  • Adam Decker

    Hopefully, the CW will pick up The Mentalist if it gets cancelled. Or, maybe for once a cancelled show like that will have an ending.

  • Anna Clarkwood

    Does anyone think that if the SB slot doesn’t improve overall Spring ratings of Elementary all the way to May that CBS will be willing to cancel everything they premiered 12-13 and thus keep CSI:NY, The Mentalist, The Good Wife ALL for 1 more year (at least)? I know those 3 are already @ syndication #’s and are @ 52% & 65%/65% respectively. But, they do have the 3 worst time slots & are reliable & more episodes in the deal are good for someone (NY=CBS, hopefully someone=TGW, WB=TM). Not letting any 12/13 new shows make a 2nd season is something worth considering @ least for CBS. Honestly Elementary is the only one worth thinking of a 2nd & it’s already so low that to try & milk 4 years out of it if it can’t get much from SB just doesn’t seem right. Then again, I think Person of Interest was on a similar path & gained a 2nd life (w/o SB mind you) in the spring & now it’s got the juiciest slot behind TBBT & TAAHM & has a 109% CBS for it’s 2nd fall season.

  • Adien

    I watched Elementary twice in Dec for the first time and really liked both episodes. It reminds a little of The Mentalist, it’s quirky and the chemistry between Lucy and J Miller is there…. It needs a bigger exposure so SB would be perfect…

    CBS should stay away from dramas like Vegas (set in 60s) so no more talk of remake of Gunsmoke please etc. They have always done well with crime/legal, just have to keep innovating in terms of format. POI is a good example, and Elemenary is another….

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