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

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

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February 5th, 2013

Click this link for the latest CBS renewal / cancellation information:

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 December 31, 2012- February 3, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Made In Jersey (F)* canceled 0.36
Blue Bloods (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.52
CSI:NY (F) :cry: :cry: 0.52
Vegas :cry: :cry: 0.59
The Good Wife :| :| :| 0.61
The Mentalist :| :| :| 0.71
Partners* canceled 0.79
Elementary :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.84
CSI :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.86
Hawaii Five-0 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.96
NCIS: Los Angeles :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.03
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.05
Person Of Interest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.15
Mike & Molly :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.19
NCIS renewed 1.31
How I Met Your Mother renewed 1.33
2 Broke Girls :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.36
Two And A Half Men** :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.47
The Big Bang Theory renewed 2.09

If you've just come from the ABC post this week, there's more water treading with the obvious here at this week's CBS post.

While it is certain that CBS will cancel one of the three shows in the headline to make room for a new drama next Fall (and possibly more if Golden Boy is renewed, or they reduce their drama hours) I'm the first to admit that guessing which of the three is probably my shakiest current prediction on any network.

I have CSI:NY as "likely canceled" based on little more than the fact that its season is ending early (and it's an old, low rated show, but that's nothing new). Would I be surprised if either The Good Wife or The Mentalist is canceled instead? Not one tiny bit. But I was going to make a call by the end of the season anyway, and it's unlikely I will know more before then, so I figured that fortune favors the bold.

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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.

From now through the end of the broadcast season in May, the Renew/Cancel Index values will only be calculated using new episodes airing during 2013. However, until new episodes of a show air in 2013, I will keep the "old"  Fall predictions in the table.

Want to know what the CBS Renew/Cancel Index table looked like at the end of the Fall season? Click here.


  • :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.

  • CrimTV

    I agree that The Good Wife should be cancelled and I hope 2 Broke Girls is moved behind Big Bang Theory, now that would be one hell of an hour!

  • Sarah

    CBS, don’t mess with POI. It stays where it is .. 9pm ET Thur.

  • Kate

    Please let it not be The Mentalist!!

  • Leverage-Fan

    The suspense which show will be cancelled is more exciting than most of the TV shows! ;)

  • steve

    Why isn’t Rules of Engagement on this list? It did very well last night!

  • Carm

    The Good Wife and The Mentalist are one of the better shows out there.

    Please don’y let them get cancelled.

    If Survivor has a LOT of Fans that where ever they put it it’s fine.
    I say Sunday 10 pm. and move The Good Wife to Monday 10 PM!!

  • Raykov

    I want (at least) a short final season for The Good Wife!

  • JacobYates

    @bill gorman
    Could Vegas move back to on the bubble if its ratings stay at 1.9 tonight? Or would the ratings need to stay there for another week or two for that to happen?

  • Austin

    CBS, you are stupid. You should have done CSI NIGHT on WENDESDAY NIGHT. If you did that, then miami and new york would still have good ratings like vegas.

  • Tommy M.

    I see CBS canceling The Good Wife and CSI NY as well as their midseason drama (they usually tend to go badly for them.) I don’t see them doing a huge schedule shakeup next season at all. The only drama that I think they may move is NCIS LA, and that’s only if they pick of the NCIS LA spin off. I doubt that they’d want to air 3 NCIS series on the same night, and they will not move the original NCIS considering how well it does in it’s current timeslot.
    The biggest question I have is what they will do with their comedies. I have been an advocate for expanding their Thursday comedy block, but they have yet to do it. If for some reason they do it next season it would be a simple matter of moving POI to Tuesdays at 10 (shoring up that timeslot for them,) and some shuffling of timeslots with the comedies. If they do expand I’d bet RoE is around for at least 1 more season, if they don’t expand that would make RoE more of a tossup for me.

  • Big Toe

    Isn’t it obvious!!! CSI: NY!!!

  • Common Anomaly

    Update: CBS has ordered their 11th drama pilot.

  • TheBenT

    The Mentalist gets better ratings overall than CSI: NY and the Good Wife (even thought the Good Wife airs earlier???). Hopefully Mentalist’s ratings will be up now that football is over. I could see it having a final season 2013-2014 on Sundays or maybe Fridays. It’s pretty likely CSI: NY will go though. Golden Boy may decide The Good Wife’s fate.



    Only comment at this time.

  • Michael

    TGW will be renewed for a 5th and final season. CSI:NY will be canceled, MENTALIST will be renewed.

  • Petar Ivanov

    CBS order 3 legal pilots. So or they will pair TGW with new legal show on friday or new legal show will take sunday 9 pm slot.
    Also they order a lot single cam comedies and only 3 multi cam. Wich mean single cam hour somewhere. If they greenlight them. Single cam hour will collapse fast of course.

  • Dan S

    Mentalist will definitely return & I think Elementary will replace Good Wife on Sun at 9pm. H50 will likely replace CSINY on Fri at 9pm & with Vegas gone they’ll have Mon, Tues & Thur at 10pm to launch 3 new dramas. The new Robin Williams comedy Crazy Ones will likely go to Mon at 9pm pushing 2BG back to 8:30pm. Another option is Thur at 9pm for Crazy creating a 2 hr comedy block then moving POI to 10pm.

  • Nick

    8: How I Met Your Mother (full final season)
    8:30: Mike & Molly
    9: 2 Broke Girls
    9:30: Two and a Half Men
    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: Mom (new)
    9: Person of Interest
    10: Intelligence (new)

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

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

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

    Midseason – CSI: NY, The Good Wife

  • Brian

    In order of should fans worry about it:

    CSI New York (old and pricy)
    Good Wife (relatively new and pricy)
    Mentalist (relatively new and not so pricy)

    From the previews I’ve seen, Golden Boy looks like some 80s/90s retread of the wiser African American cop and the Caucasian rookie. I think Golden Boy is DOA, maybe not as bad as Do No Harm but can’t see it making it past this season.

  • lll

    Monday — shift some of those comedies back to their original spot. Liking elementary at 9pm
    Tuesday — exactly how I pictured it. NCISLA at 10pm and a new drama at 9pm
    Wednesday — the new drama can come on during the survivor hiatus. Move CSI back to 10pm and survivor back to 8pm.
    Thursday — i’ll take it
    Friday — interesting. Will they give H50 the Friday treatment?
    Saturday — crimetime saturday remains. It will be a mix of dramas and 48 hours like it always has been
    Sunday — two reality shows in one night is too much. Place a new show there.

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