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.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. This season you can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.
*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.


    On my schedule above swap Ex-Men on Thursday for The Crazy Ones on Monday


  • Ginger

    How I Met Your Mother
    Mom (NEW)
    2 Broke Girls
    Mike and Molly
    Beverly Hills Cop (NEW)
    Eddie Murphy seems like a natural fit with the Monday comedies and Hawaii 5-0 has been slipping.

    NCIS: LA Spinoff (NEW)
    It makes sense to keep the NCSI momentum going all night long.

    Criminal Minds
    This night works, so let’s not touch it.

    The Big Bang Theory
    Two and a Half Men
    Person of Interest
    This night works, so let’s not touch it.

    The Mentalist (NEW TIME)
    Hawaii 5-0 (NEW TIME)
    Blue Bloods
    It seems a shame to give The Mentalist the ax and the escapism of Hawaii might work on Fridays.

    60 Minutes
    The Amazing Race
    The Good Wife
    Hostages (NEW)

    Mid-Season Replacements:
    Rules of Engagement (season 8, because why not)
    The Crazy Ones (new comedy starting Robin Williams)
    Undercover Boss (season 5)
    Unforgettable (possibly season 3)
    I Get That a Lot (special)

    Made in Jersey
    Friend Me
    Golden Boy
    CSI: NY

  • Tommy M.

    @ marseph,

    “Okay everyone….CBS will not move “CBS Productions” like H5O which has a fat syndication deal to Fridsys…sorry, ain’t gonna happen.”

    If they felt that it’s not getting the ratings that it should in a non Friday timeslot of course they’d move it to Fridays. The syndication deal would help them offset the lower ratings and gives them a chance to improve their ad revenues by giving another show a chance to improve the timeslot.

  • Elijah

    the Vegas haters will be stunned when it gets renewed

  • chrisss


    CSI:NY is a CBS studios production and they moved it to Friday.

    Anyway, The Good Wife will have 90 episodes at the end of the season, so maybe it’ll get a 10 episode final season and share a time slot with Undercover Boss Fridays at 8?

    After the failures of A Gifted Man and Made in Jersey, I think it’d be insane for CBS to try and a launch a new show on Friday so I’d renew CSI:NY and leave it and Blue Bloods where they are. Sunday isn’t much better for launching new shows so I’d move Elementary and HF0 to Sunday (cancelling The Mentalist) and launch new dramas Monday at 10, Tuesday at 10 and Thursday at 10.

  • Josh


    The Good Wife is not low rated. 10 million is not bad at all. They will cancel CSI:NY and Vegas before TGW. TGW is the only drama on CBS that gets award attention (not to mention tons of guest stars).

  • Holly


    10 million is actually kind of below average for CBS. But that doesn’t really matter because total viewers are only good for press releases. In the demo ratings The Good Wife is horribly rated for CBS.

  • JacTv


    You do know right that its not the total viewers that count, TGW has in the last couble of episodes only drawn in 1.5 which is low compared to Mentalist but higher if i recall of cSI NY

    Also its not 10mill its 9.5-9.0mill for TGW.

  • blackrock1969

    @LisaNeedsBraces: Thank you for the suggestion, but historically sitcoms don’t work at 10 pm.

  • Peggy

    Leave my shows alone! I watch all of them the one that I sometimes miss is Vegas. I get tired of shows being cancelled because they don’t meet the demographic, how stupid! Now that I am a senior my votes don’t count for anything.

  • Sharon McClain

    I really like The good wife, and the Mentalist. Never got into watching CSI: New York.

  • ILoveSitcoms

    Isn’t it interesting that CBS’ most intelligent shows (and they aren’t many) are their poorest rated shows?

  • JacobYates

    I like your attitude. Unfortunately with the 1.5 it pulled last week, its chances seem bleak. But I have a feeling in my gut that Vegas will get some kind of renewal. I’ll hold out for Vegas until the end!

    You mean like Blue Bloods, Good Wife, and Vegas?

  • Susie

    The Good Wife and The Mentalist are the only two shows that I really look
    forward to watching each week!! Please don’t cancel them. There are soooo many other shows that could be cancelled and definitely not be missed like
    Person of Interest or Rules of Engagement!

  • s0303

    good news for the good wife…cbs has just extended josh charles contract thru next season according to tvguide…why would they do that if they were planning on cancelling???

  • m8991

    Although I watch all three, I would think/hope CSI: NY to be cancelled. CSI: NY was trying to wrap up for the last two seasons. Last two season finales were filmed like they were series finales (with the last one Mac Taylor was shot and recovered). And the show got renewed. Now it’s time to put an end to this.

  • psychic

    “The Good Wife is too intelligent for US audiences unfortunately. It’s well written, directed and acted.”
    Fan excuse bingo.

  • CBSviewer

    Elementary didn’t increase its rating this week. A 2.2 is very low for a Show that aired after the Super Bowl.

  • Kirby Palm

    Easy choice: CSI:NY sucks. The other two shows are actually good. Of course, I understand that whether or not a show is any good doesn’t figure into cancellation decisions, but since it seems to be a toss-up otherwise, why not do something different and save the GOOD shows?

  • suz

    I love The Good Wife, but understand that the story must come to an end as most do, although one more season would be fun.

    I think CSI-NY is a tired show at this point and needs to retire.

    My vote for keeping is The Mentalist; its still fresh, the storyline doesn’t depend so much on the main characters lives, as does TGW.

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