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

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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 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.

  • lll

    ^elementary at 10pm

  • Dan

    Rules will probably be in the headline, but is it likely to be renewed Or 50/50. The ratings say renewed but an older comedy on CBS in a Sea of 5 guaranteed comedy renewals make it a toss up.

  • Dan

    Also CBS making a 2 Hour comedy block on thursdays makes it likely CBS cancels 1 more drama besides CSI and Vegas so its very possible both Mentalist and Good Wife could be gone.

  • Ryan

    I think Good Wife and CSI:NY will stay with shortened seasons; Mentalist gets canned and Vegas moves to Sundays.

  • bluejoni

    Get rid of CSI-NY it should have been gone last year !!! and take that unwatchable Vegas with it !! Love TGW and the Mentalist !!

  • robby

    i think after 3 years on the bubble csi ny finally gets cancelled

  • Charmaine

    Critics are carrying Good Wife, pretty sure it will be renewed. The Mentalist CANNOT go. Big fan. and it hasn’t been doing too bad in it’s time slot. CSI:NY has been bombing in ratings and are on friday night death slot, Surely that’s the one getting the boot. I hope so. The Mentalist has been on so long it deserves a proper ending. Also a writer on the show tentatively announced it was picked up for 2 seasons last i heard. So pretty sure it’s got at least another one to go.

  • Boone

    TGW one of the good shows. Anyone who doesn’t care for it thrives on formulaic, predictable shows….

  • Retta

    Think there’s enough CSI programs so that CSI-NY would not be missed.
    The Mentalist still has plenty of plot & character development left. What
    about Grace Van Pelt character –will she be back? Also they can’t leave the
    Red John plot unsolved or wrap it up in an unsatisfactory manner. They need at least another year. I also like the humor in the show. Don’t watch TGW so
    can’t comment on it.

  • marion

    @Mary Ann I really REALLY want to see “The Good Wife” gone. Critics’ darling or no, that show is unwatchable.

    I so agree. Last week’s show was so irritating, I turned it off after five minutes. Goodbye and too bad for TGW. The critics may be changing. Entertainment Weekly (I know, not the best source, but…) gave last week’s TGW a pass, saying that a Kalinda/Husband story line would be better. The election story line should have ended in Nov 2012. Maura Tierney’s character is dropped so often, that I am only reminded that she is part of that show, when she gets to finally say two or three lines. Just to name a few quips.

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    CBS just ordered another drama pilot today, bringing their total drama pilot order to 10 so far this year. Last year they ordered 8 and 3 made it to air.

    Considering the money they’ve spent so far on comedy pilots, plus the cost of Under the Dome, I severely doubt CBS is willing to spend so much money on drama pilots to pick up anything less than 4 new dramas next season. If only one of the three between TM, CSI:NY and is canceled, that leaves three empty potential drama spots on the schedule. Two, if Golden Boy becomes a hit. One, if a miracle happens and Unforgettable is a sudden hit over the summer.

    Everybody thinks CBS is going to be very conservative with cancellations this year, but why then have they been so aggressive with their pilot orders? Especially since Beverly Hills Cop, the Chuck Lorre show and the Robin Williams sitcom are all almost certain bets to make it to air no matter how terrible the pilots are.

  • Steve

    CSI:NY and The Mentalist have been abysmal this year.
    They’re both tired, stale and going through the motions. And since they’ve both hit syndication CBS might as well cut them loose and search for some cheaper and fresher blood.

  • giorgia

    All I’m saying is that I love, really really love CSI NY and I’m going to be very sad if they decide to cancel it… It’s a good crime show and one of the most “human” that I watch among the other ones. So… I know I will be disappointed in the end because it’s likely to be the one that will be cancelled.. It’s not fair… All I can do, or us who loves it can do… Is hope. Right? Xo

  • Petar Ivanov

    May be because last season all of their pilots sucked and now all their new shows flop. Robin Williams show is not sure. Its single cam comedy and single cam ususally callapse on CBS. Multi cap pilots are even less than last year. Yes more drama and single cam pilots but last year they don’t order any single cam show in the end.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Last year CBS order martin lawrence comedy pilot and in the end pass on him. These pilots with old(60+ years old)stars after their prime are not very attractive for young viewers.
    Only sure are ncis spin-off, Beverly hills and moms.

  • simsalabim

    Whoever says that TGW is unwatchable, imho, never watched it in the first place. For me it is the only CBS show worth watching. All these crime dramas (NCIS,CSI, Mentalist, Cr.Minds….you name it)look like they are all written by the same writers. Always the boring “same old same old”. There are only 2 1-hr-shows worth watching on the majors: The Following & TGW

  • PurpleDrasi

    CBS may only have one thing to talk about ratings wise but it sure is a doozy! I think it will be the hardest to predict and it certainly has a high amount of interest from the fans. I don’t envy you Bill and Robert.

    Thankfully I don’t watch any of these shows so I can sit back and enjoy the suspense without the anxiety.

  • Lilys87

    I would be okay with either TGW or Tne Mentalist was cancelled IF the news is given soon enough to wrap up the series well.

    I don’t watch CSI so of course I’d prefer if it was the one to go.

  • Ricardo

    IMO, “The Good Wife” is the best show on CBS, by far.

  • JJF

    CSI: NY and The Good Wife will go, IMO. They’ll move one of their bubble shows to Friday and another to Sunday to fill the slots.

    If I had to guess, they’ll premiere their 3 new shows @10PM on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. (POI will be great for lead-in) Honestly, I think they should scrap their comedy expansion idea or at least try it on Friday where they are in serious need of some demographic presence. POI is too strong to mess with. And it’s too strong to not try and launch another new show with.

    They’ll probably turn Tuesday into NCIS night. Wednesday night will stay the same. Sunday Night will be TAR/Elementary/The Mentalist. H50 might be sent to die on Fridays.

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