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

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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

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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!

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.
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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.

Notes:

  • :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.

 
  • Chibgchong

    I don’t think rules of engagement is given a fair shot they always give it such short seasons and air it when most other shows seasons are just about done. I’ve been watching rules since I was 10 and I’d happily continue watching until I’m 30. It’s form of comedy is very different to most sitcoms (in a good way) and id very much miss that form of comedy!

    That being said if it is cancelled I really hope it gets picked up by a new network like cougar town. I think it’d do better on a channel like tbs rather than fox considering there would be less competition for renewal. I mean seriously it’s up against himym! ‘nough said

  • yusei fudo

    Why cant they renew Rules and just keep it if a comedy fails??

  • Destiny

    I love this show!! I would hate to see it end. THe cast works so well together. Audrey and Jeff are a great married couple. PLease CBS keep this show going!!!

  • Billy

    @Dan

    Bianca Kajlich and Adhir Kalyan are also in new pilots. All the cast contracts are up this year. Even if CBS wanted to bring ROE back it would be difficult to get everyone signed up. ROE is almost certainly done.

  • Moon

    @Bri

    On Monday, I put NCIS: Los Angeles at 10 because CBS needs to make room for its spin-off on Tuesday at 9. The 25 episodes are because I think it is a good Show that deserves to get a longer season like many other procedurals (NCIS, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds…).

    In 2009, CBS premiered two new dramas on Tuesday after NCIS and both were hits. One is TV’s #2 Show and the other is critically acclaimed. Considering NCIS: Red will get at least 16 million viewers for its premiere, it could help Beverly Hills Cop. Plus, with NCIS in its title the Show is certain to attract viewers of the two others.

    Wednesday night is perfect as it is and there is NO reasons to change it. I gave Criminal Minds only 22 episodes because its ratings are decreasing and I can’t see it having another 2-Hour Finale next Season (The Show had one during Season 4, 7 and 8). CSI is still CBS’s #1 10PM drama and it deserves 22 episodes.

    The extension of the Comedy block on Thursday seems impossible next season and there is lot of chances Two and a Half Men gets canceled (CBS won’t end two veteran Comedies next Season). Person of Interest is a good lead-in and CBS will probably use it to premiere a new drama at 10.

    On Friday, CSI: NY is still strong for a nine-year-old Show but I know it will probably end this season (Im a fan and I can’t imagine a Schedule without it). Hawaii Five-0 should move to Friday at 9 because it is now weak on Monday and it’s “wasting” the best slot of the week. Blue Bloods stays where it is.

    Elementary should move to Sunday because it could boost the night. The Good Wife moves at 10 because it is doing a good job when it airs at 10. The Mentalist should be canceled because it is not owned by CBS.

  • PurpleDrazi

    @BillGorman

    Did you see the Zap2it article with Michael Chickless? He says:

    “”A lot of people try to play television executive, and the fact of the matter is that they really don’t know what they’re talking about,” the warm and candid Chiklis reasons to Zap2it. “The television landscape has changed dramatically, particularly over the last five years, so a lot of this nonsense about [appealing to] ‘the key demographic’ is over. It’s no longer relevant.”

    Soooo…do you think he’ll start talking smack about TVBTN just like Kathy Bates?

  • JacobYates

    Chiklis has a point. What makes the 18-49 demo more important than a demo like the 25-54? I understand that it’s what makes the advertisers money, but how did it come to be the demo that makes the money?

  • Christine

    Even though the Rules of Engagement has been on for 7 seasons the show is still funny. Yes the humor is sophomoric but it always was and its ratings are still pretty good considering how it has been treated by CBS. I still enjoy the show and would give it one to two more seasons.

  • Leverage-Fan

    To be honest: Although I’m a fan of “The Mentalist” I begin to doubt that the show deserves another season. Not because the ratings aren’t good but rather in terms of creativity. The last aired episode ends with a scene that we got at least over ten times on this show (and almost two times in a row this season!). I understand what it COULD mean for the Red John arc but the writers could bring something fresh to indicate this. Don’t get me wrong: I still want closure and watch the show until it ends but those scenes aren’t a good ‘application’ for another season! :-(

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@BillGorman

    Did you see the Zap2it article with Michael Chickless? He says:

    “”A lot of people try to play television executive, and the fact of the matter is that they really don’t know what they’re talking about,” the warm and candid Chiklis reasons to Zap2it. “The television landscape has changed dramatically, particularly over the last five years, so a lot of this nonsense about [appealing to] ‘the key demographic’ is over. It’s no longer relevant.”

    Soooo…do you think he’ll start talking smack about TVBTN just like Kathy Bates?”

    I had not seen it.

    I can only hope he goes Kathy Bates on us. That was the most fun thing about last season.

  • Carol L.

    DO NOT CANCEL VEGAS, IT IS A VERY GOOD SHOW. Cancel Golden Boy and put Vegas back. NEVER CANCEL NCIS THE BEST SHOW ON CBS.

  • Michael

    What i predict will be CBS Schedule for the 2013/14 season.. Im 95% sure this is how it will look like…

    LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

    CBS Schedule:

    SUNDAY:
    8:00 – Amazing Race
    9:00 – Good Wife (Final Season)
    10:00 – Elementary

    MONDAY:
    8:00 – How I Met Your Mother (Final Season)
    8:30 – Crazy Ones
    9:00 – 2 Broke Girls
    9:30 – Mike & Molly
    10:00 – Hawaii Five 0

    TUESDAY:
    8:00 – NCIS
    9:00 – NCIS LA
    10:00 – Beverly Hills Cop (NEW)

    WENDSDAY:
    8:00 – Survivor
    9:00 – Criminal Minds
    10:00 – CSI

    THURSDAY:
    8:00 – Big Bang Theory
    8:30 – Two and a Half Men (Hopefully Final Season)
    9:00 – Person Of Interest
    10:00 – Intelligence (NEW)

    FRIDAY
    8:00 – The Mentalist
    9:00 – Hostages (NEW) – OR – Surgeon General (NEW) (Could go either way)
    10:00 – Blue Bloods

    MIDSEASON:

    NCIS RED (NEW)
    Undercover Boss
    Bad Teacher (NEW) Comedy

  • PurpleDrazi

    @Jacob Yates-
    “I understand that it’s what makes the advertisers money, but how did it come to be the demo that makes the money?”

    It doesn’t make the advertisers money…it makes the Networks money. Advertisers (for many reasons already mentioned on this site)desire to reach the 18-49 demo and are willing to pay a lot of money to do so. Therefore, TV stations want to attract the 18-49 demo so they can collect all that money.

    You can debate the reasoning and logic of the ad companies all you want but that doesn’t change the fact that the 18-49 demo is important to them and so that makes it important to the networks.

  • MARSEPH

    It’s simple, if CBS expands its comedies than Rules is in for another 1/2 season, if not than Rules is gone.

    I’m hoping for an expansion….with Monday’s struggling I’m now in favor of returning Men to Mondays at 9pm, its ratings will more than likely help the night.

    Monday
    HIMYM (Final Season)
    2 Broke Girls
    2.5 Men
    Ex Men (New)
    Hawaii 5-O

    Tuesday
    NCIS
    NCIS:LA
    Elementary

    Wednesday
    Survivor
    Criminal Minds
    Hostages (New)

    Thursday
    The Big Bang Theory
    Mom (New)
    The Crazy Ones (New)
    Mike & Molly
    Persons of Interest

    Friday
    Intelligence (New)
    CSI
    Blue Bloods

    Sunday
    The Amazing Race
    The Good Wife (final season)
    The Mentalist

    Mid-Season
    NCIS:RED (Tuesdays 9pm)
    Beverly Hills Cop
    Super Clyde

  • DM

    You wonder just what the mindset is of the cast and crew for RoE. Keep getting yanked around like this for years, knowing the network hasn’t really cared about you much. For the writers, will they get any indication that they can end the show properly or will it just get axed?

    But on the other side, they’re getting paid. So there’s that.

  • C.S.Strowbridge

    Me: “I think you can officially declare Hawaii Five-0 is struggling.”

    Bill Gorman: “H50 has effectively the same ratings as CSI since Jan 1, above The Mentalist, only slightly below Elementary, and and above every other 10pm drama on ABC and NBC except Scandal.

    Yep, struggling.”

    Its ratings are significantly lower compared to last year and shows no sign of recovering. That alone is proof that is it struggling. Also, CSI is a show that many thought would be canceled last year, so doing as well as a show that is dying is not great. H50 was in third place yesterday and most weeks it is barely ahead of Castle, despite a much better lead-in. Finally, comparing a CBS show to NBC is damning it with faint praise.

    It is struggling.

  • steve

    Give ROE another season. Not everything CBS will put on will turn to gold….hello, Partners!

  • a p garcia

    What will CBS put in place of such bombs as “Partners”/

  • JacobYates

    @PurpleDrazi or @Bill or @anybody who can answer

    You’re right, I meant to say networks. But you didn’t answer my question, why has the 18-49 demo become the demo of importance to Advertisers? I know the networks love it becaus the advertisers love it, but why do advertisers love it?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Also, CSI is a show that many thought would be canceled last year”

    Not anybody who had a clue.

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