CBS: 'Vegas' Is Certain To Be Canceled No Matter What Happens With 'Golden Boy'

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

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February 26th, 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 24, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Made In Jersey (F)* canceled 0.36
CSI:NY (F)* :cry: :cry: 0.50
Blue Bloods (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.51
Vegas :oops: 0.57
The Good Wife :| :| :| 0.57
The Mentalist :| :| :| 0.68
Hawaii Five-0 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.78
Partners* canceled 0.79
CSI :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.81
Elementary :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.83
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.00
NCIS: Los Angeles :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.03
Rules of Engagement :| :| :| 1.03
Person Of Interest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
Mike & Molly :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.14
How I Met Your Mother renewed 1.28
NCIS renewed 1.30
2 Broke Girls :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.31
Two And A Half Men** :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.43
The Big Bang Theory renewed 2.07

With the premiere tonight of CBS' freshman drama Golden Boy, it seems well timed to take a closer look at the hopeful comments in the vein of "If Golden Boy fails, X will be saved".

Let's review the CBS drama situation, again, for the 473rd time.

  • CBS has premiered three new dramas each of the last seven Fall's.
  • Assuming CBS keeps the same number of drama hours next Fall, they'll need to cancel three of their Spring dramas to make room (ignore the already dead Made In Jersey, it is irrelevant). Currently, I am predicting those three canceled shows will be Vegas (certainly), CSI:NY (likely), and one of The Good Wife, The Mentalist or Golden Boy.
While the most common hypotheticals lean towards bad news for more dramas:
  • You think CBS will expand their sitcom time by an hour? Cancel another Spring drama.
  • You think CBS might air Undercover Boss at 8pm Friday next Fall? Cancel another Spring drama.
  • You think CBS will time share their dramas in partial seasons? Increase their drama time on Sunday-Friday? Or air new dramas on Saturday? Check your medication.

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.

  • wilnott

    Theres No way Vagas should get the axe .Its one of the best shows out there. CBS is one if not the worst run network in the world, they have cancelled some of the best shows out there over the years.yet they continue to air 2&1/2 men it crap now should have been killed 3 weeks after Ashton came on. 2 broke girls is also junk lame toilet humor amd mike and molly started tanking as soon as they started this having a baby obsesion started

  • martha

    yeah, lets keep the stupid programs on like rules of engagement, how i met your mother, big bang theory, mike and molly, all the foolish reality shows and so on…oh and two and a half men is almost as bad now as when charlie was there. vegas is good, csiny is good too. what will cbs throw in for the fall?

  • iodine

    I really like Vegas !!!!!!
    Guess what some of us like don’t count???

  • R. Runner

    I think Vegas is a great show. Anyone saying it has no story line has obviously missed too many episodes. They will be making a big mistake to cancel it.
    I live in a community of around 1K and a huge percentage watch(ed) and really like(ed) VEGAS.
    It will certainly mean ‘less TV’ and more ‘NetFlix’ for me…..

  • wicked

    Vegas definetly should not be canceled.its attention to the time frame its in is great and who doesn’t love shows bout the mob?and were do they get these ratings just new york ? I can’t believe that anyone would like mentalist over vegas.

  • wicked

    ?nd everyone I talk to loves vegas and golden boy their a lot better then other crap cbs has.better then gooodwife and Iam tired of all these csi’s come on that enough of those!

  • wicked

    Bbig bang theory sucks mike and molly sucks who watches this crap anyways?not me or anyone Iknow that’s for sure maybe and the people Iknow have brains

  • wicked

    And I think a lot of people who don’t like vegas just don’t know much about takes some knowledge of how it was back then and mob history to fully enjoy this show

  • Frank Layden

    CBS needs to replace it’s so called professionals that decides what they will put on the tube for our enjoyment. Whomever these numbsculls are they definitely have no taste for real comedy by keeping shows that are pure trash with mediocore actors. They obviously have not idea what we the watchers of television want to watch for OUR entertainment, NOT THEIRS. they want to cancel good drama and replace it with garbage or stupid reality shows that do nothing for stimulation or contribute to good entertainment. CBS, your are swimming in the toliet with your picks. Only accomplishiment you have made is losing viewers.

  • Joe

    Vegas was a great show.

  • kimber hall

    please keep vegas on the air.I’ve each week on T V or the internet.

  • Diane Koopmann

    I like”Vegas” It should stay. Cancel “Survivor”, The Mentalist and The Bachelor. I do not like reality shows.

  • jack b

    I can’t believe you are cancelling Vegas, and leaving these silly sitcoms and comedys on..your reason: not reaching the Right age group, the age group you seem is the only group that watches tv, don’t watch tv. They watch internet, or I that leaves my age group (early 60’s) in the I DON’T CARE WHAT THEY LIKE. After you took off CSI Miami, now Vegas and I’m sure theres comment to you is this: theres a LOT more stations to watch than yours!!!

  • celeste

    please don’t cancelle Vegas. That is one of my favorite shows.
    I love all the cast that is in it. I am waiting for the show to return.
    I watch it every week.

  • Hawg

    That’s a shame about Vegas. The writing was on the wall, sadly, as soon as CBS started showing that awful Golden Boy nonsense in the Vegas slot.

  • Betty

    Vegas was a great show it took us back in time when things were done the old fasion way. Also a lot of history. CBS should take Two and A half men off the air because its sick humor. I don’t understand Elemerty at all.

  • Betty

    I agree with Dorothy, Vegas is the best new show this fall. Don’t cancel

  • mark

    golden boy sucks.

  • Randy

    I Hope they have not cancelled Vegas. First boff they kept putting #1 new Drama so, how could it be worth getting rid off. The cast is the best. Please CBS don’t make the same mistake you did when pulling Judjing amy.
    Live on Vegas,,,,,,,,, Randy

  • Hawg

    Mark is correct! Golden Boy totally sucks. The fact that trash is in Vegas’ slot is almost bad irritating as the fact it appears Vegas will be cancelled.

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