CBS: Has Time Finally Run Out For 'Rules Of Engagement?'

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

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March 26th, 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- March 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: (renewed 3/27) 0.53
Golden Boy (one F) :oops: 0.56
The Good Wife :) :) :) :) (renewed 3/27) 0.59
Vegas :oops: 0.60
The Mentalist :| :| :| (renewed 3/27) 0.64
Partners* canceled 0.79
Hawaii Five-0 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 3/27) 0.81
CSI renewed 0.82
Elementary :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 3/27) 0.86
Rules of Engagement :| :| :| 0.95
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.04
NCIS: Los Angeles :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 3/27) 1.07
Mike & Molly :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 3/27) 1.12
Person Of Interest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 3/27) 1.13
How I Met Your Mother renewed 1.29
2 Broke Girls :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (renewed 3/27) 1.30
NCIS renewed 1.31
Two And A Half Men** :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.45
The Big Bang Theory renewed 2.09

Currently in its seventh season, Rules of Engagement will have aired 100 episodes by the end May, 2013. Has time finally run out on it?

There's lots of chatter about different members of the cast signing on for parts in new pilots. Doesn't that mean the show will be canceled? Not necessarily. Those parts are second position, if Rules gets renewed the cast members will be back.

Far more concerning for fans should be CBS' schedule restrictions. Unless CBS increases the time in its primetime schedule for sitcoms, there's likely no room left for Rules. Could it be renewed again and held for 13 episodes in the spring like this season? Maybe. But that's a stretch. Sadly, the cancellation bear has no ability to guess accurately whether CBS will expand its sitcom time.

The cancellation bear is keeping the show as a "toss up" until the last possible minute, cynically hoping that events will bail him out and he won't have to make a guess. But guess he will if necessary!

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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.

  • Wally

    Actually, the core cast members of Rules of Engagement’s contracts are up after this year so they are in 1st position to the pilots they took.

  • Mr. Smith

    I still love this show and the cast members seem to enjoy each other, but I think its time to put this show to rest. Adam and Jennifer are getting married. Jeff and Audrey will have their baby. And Russell will always have Timmy. LOL Time to let it go.

  • Owen

    Don’t think CBS will expand their comedy time; Lately monday’s lineup struggles and where should they create an extra hour? Cannot see them moving good performing POI from 9 pm on thursday. Next to that HIMYM will have its final season next year and TAAHM is also nearing its end.

    I think CBS will keep the Wednesday & Thursday lineup the same, and shuffle around on the other days. Probably will slot the new shows on Monday, Tuesday & Friday or Sunday.

  • American

    Love the bear pic for this one. Very appropriate.
    I could see RoE ending.

  • Bill Gorman

    “Lately monday’s lineup struggles”

    Struggles meaning “All sitcoms out rate every other networks’ sitcoms not named Modern Family, and every CBS drama not named NCIS or POI”

    Yep, struggles.

  • bk8718

    Bill, where do you come up with all these bear photos?
    I didn’t think you could beat the “bear in a boat by itself” from last week’s CW post. But you certainly did.

  • Tommy M.

    I actually think that with next season being the last for HIMYM it would be a good time for CBS to expand their comedy hours. It will give them more room to try a few new comedies in the hopes that they find another hit to replace it and boost their ratings next season.

  • forg

    100 episode is a fantastic run for a show that had erratic scheduling all of its 7 years. It never had a regular timeslot but when it returns there’sa solid audience watching even if it’s the only new ep in a sea or repeats. At least this had the ratings warrant renewal unlike Til Death which was Sony scraping the bottom of the syndication barrel.

    But I think it’s time to end Rules but since CBS did not have comedy hits this season, they might hold on to this show for one more run

  • Billy

    ROE is almost certain to end. The entire cast is already in other pilots. Last week Bianca Kajlich tweeted what she will miss most about ROE. All the tea leaves say that show is done.

  • Bill Gorman

    “Bill, where do you come up with all these bear photos?”

    Where does everything on the internet come from?



    I think ROE is bear food–100 eps & it was useful when CBS needed it most. I’m thinking they should test the waters Fri 9-10 for sitcoms using the new kids as bait. UB @ 8:00 & if ABC keeps ST @ 9:00, the TGIF advocates could switch to CBS & finish their night w/ BB. An all-scripted flow on Fri!

  • Owen

    Maybe struggle is a little over the top, but the last couple of mondays have not been the best mondays of the season. Overall CBS is very strong of course.
    But weighing all the factors i think CBS won’t expand the sitcom hours.

    Would not be shocker either if CBS would expand.

  • Stop the Flop

    Why is there a question mark inside the quotes when there’s no question mark in the show’s title?

  • TVDude

    I don’t see CBS keeping Rules around unless they do expand sitcom time. It’s possible if they are serious about building a replacement for HIMYM and possibly TAAHM.

    Of course the cast will stick with Rules if they renew it since that’s a guaranteed 13 episodes for them compared to a pilot that might get canned after the first episode. It’s no secret they’re not as supportive as Rules as they once were, but if it’s renewed, it’s a guaranteed paycheck for them.

    My guess is that it’ll be done after it hits 100 episodes. Creatively, there will be no reason for it to come back. Financially, there will be no reason for it to come back.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Stop the Flop – Punctuation always goes inside quotation marks.

  • Ram510

    Ugh it really does look like RoE is over. I don’t want it to end.

    Please NBC (or ABC) renew Guys With Kids!!!! It’ll help fill my Rules of Engagement void

  • Moon

    What I think CBS should do:

    8:00 – How I Met Your Mother (24 episodes)
    8:30 – Mom (13-24 episodes)
    9:00 – 2 Broke Girls (24 episodes)
    9:30 – Mike & Molly (22 episodes)
    10:00 – NCIS: Los Angeles (25 episodes)

    8:00 – NCIS (24 episodes)
    9:00 – NCIS: Red (13-24 episodes)
    10:00 – Beverly Hills Cop (13-23 episodes)

    8:00 – Survivor
    9:00 – Criminal Minds (22 episodes)
    10:00 – CSI (22 episodes)

    8:00 – The Big Bang Theory (25 episodes)
    8:30 – Crazy Ones (13 episodes) / Rules of Engagement (13 episodes)
    9:00 – Person of Interest (24 episodes)
    10:00 – Intelligence (13-24 episodes)

    8:00 – CSI: NY (16-18 episodes) / Undercover Boss
    9:00 – Hawaii Five-0 (22 episodes)
    10:00 – Blue Bloods (22 episodes)

    8:00 – Crimetime Saturday
    9:00 – Crimetime Saturday
    10:00 – 48 Hours

    7:00 – 60 Minutes
    8:00 – The Amazing Race
    9:00 – Elementary (22 episodes)
    10:00 – The Good Wife (18 episodes) / Hostages (13 episodes)

    Every feedback are welcome !

  • Ken

    Say, how come you’re so certain Elementary will be renewed? It’s a new show this season, it’s below 1.0, and I haven’t heard anything about a syndication deal.

    Is it just because they need a certain number of drama hours?

  • Pavelsauce

    I think it depends on the region. In the US, the question mark goes outside the quotation marks, unless it’s part of what’s in the quotes. In this case, it’s not.

  • RyanCanada

    @ken??? Elementary never had a 1.0 demo, they average a 2.3/2.4 and over 11 million viewers

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