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.

  • joel

    I don’t see any reason for CBS to end it’s diversification strategy. ROE has already paid for itself so I see nothing stopping another 10-13 episode order even if some cast members get 13 episode orders on their new pilots.

  • will

    “Rules of Engagement” reached a 100 episodes. It will be cancelled, and continue as syndication (Over at NBC, I’m predicting 100 episodes even of “Community” too, because Sony is ruthless.). “How I Met Your Mother” will be renewed, and end on their 200th episode. “Two and a Half Men” will have a farewell 13 episode season, because they want to wrap it up but also because they might be able to afford more than 13 episodes. “The Big Bang Theory” will be renewed for season 8, despite feeling like they are preparing a wrap up of their story lines this season. It’s just too successful. That’s my predictions for their sitcoms.

  • will

    sorry, CBS might not be able to afford more than 13 episodes of “Two and a Half Men”.

  • bluejays

    @Rollie Dethloff
    “A lot of people want TGW, H5O, TM, and CSI to be the next ones to take over the Fridays at 9pm slot. How do you guys think Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, or an NCIS would do there?”

    Won’t happen. They might move one of them to Sunday to try and bolster the night and improve it. But Friday, no. HFO would make sense in one way (I say that as a fan) as its already got a very good syndication deal and could live out another two or three seasons on Fridays quite happily I imagine. More sense would be CSI – it could spend its final few seasons there and can’t go on forever but I doubt CBS will do that due to their whole ‘CSI IS CBS’ thing they’ve got going on.

    I could see Elementary moving to Sundays also but again they’ll probably protect that show as much as they can to get a syndication deal for it.

  • Bill Gorman

    “sorry, CBS might not be able to afford more than 13 episodes of “Two and a Half Men”.”


    It’s the third highest rated scripted show on TV. They can afford it.

  • will

    Let me rephrase that. They might not want to go on beyond 13 episodes. Just wrap it up, already. They already have 200 plus episodes.

  • iMember

    Carina McKenzie on twitter just tweeted that The Good Wife has been renewed for a 5th season! Seems CBS is putting out some early renewals

    Ugh, ABC hurry up! I need to know my precious Revenge is renewed (which I think is likely at this point).


    CBS just renewed a lot of shows according to Deadline:

    The Good Wife
    2 Broke Girls
    Mike & Molly
    NCIS: LA
    Person Of Interest
    The Mentalist
    Hawaii Five-0
    Blue Bloods

  • iMember

    From Entertainment Weekly, CBS has renewed the following shows:

    The full pickup list (some of these have been previously announced): The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, HIMYM (final season), NCIS, CSI, NCIS: LA, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Blue Bloods, Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours.

  • Petar Ivanov


    Person of interest = best crime drama on network TV. Next season will be #1 drama of the season. This season top 3 is great accomplishment for such a young show. I am waiting for my spinoff.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @It’s the third highest rated scripted show on TV. They can afford it.

    With big help from TBBT.

    I agree but i think CBS will be careful this season. I am sure from now they think for TBBT cast and contracts. That is what they care the most now. And when you overpaid AK with 700 000$ per episode what will want main TBBT actors is the big question. Friends 6 main leads agree on 1 million $ per episode. That will be the best case scenario for CBS.

  • tim_m

    Yeah, i believe this will be it. It’ll have the magical 100 episode syndication number. The writing is on the wall. Storylines ending, Jen and Adam getting married, Jeff and Audrey having their baby. Plus cast members already in pilots for next year. It’ll be sad to see it go. I love the show but all things must end. At least we’ll have it to watch in syndication. Whatever shows survive that cast members have signed on too I’ll for sure check out next fall.

  • starship


    Friends also had 30+ million viewers, BBT still has some way to go, but I can see the main 3 getting close to a $1 million per episode when the time to re-negotiate contracts comes, not too sure about the other 4.
    As for Ashton, he’s hardly overpaid. He’s a big film star and is one of two main actors on the show, they need to get out their cash books if they want to keep him and seeing as how TAAHM is the number 2 show on CBS, I’m sure they want to keep both him and the show.

  • Dan

    Thankfully with CBS’s renewals we basically know the fate of the rest of the bubble shows.

    Criminal Minds and Two and a Half Men will return after deals are finalized

    CSI NY, Vegas, and Golden Boy will all be cancelled along with veteran comedy Rules of Engagement.

    Now that CBS has finally made this guessing game easier for us its time for ABC and NBC to make some renewals.

  • Mike

    I looked forward to every Thursday night for Vegas. The idiots at CBS finally get a good show on and decide to cancel??? Gee, let’s make room for another show with Ashton and I can quit watching TV all together. If you want to be a useful website, tell me who to complain to. I WANT VEGAS!

  • Holly

    I looked forward to every Thursday night for Vegas.

    Huh? Did you DVR it and save it for Thursdays?

    And it’s doubtful CBS will be expanding their comedy offerings, so Vegas will be replaced with another scripted drama.

  • Dan

    I cant see how CBS wont expand on comedy. They want to premiere 2 new comedies and without expanding the only way that they can do that is either expand or bench HIMYM to midseason. Not sure if HIMYM wi air midseason, if thats the case then CBS can move Two and a Half Men back to Monday and air a new comedy, likely Mom on Mondays.

  • Jonathan


    I still think it’s more likely they don’t pick it up at all than give it a half season, someone like Robin Williams won’t want to risk their show ending up as a mid season burn off.

  • Gus

    Dan summed it up real well in regards to Rules Of Engagement. The show stayed a lot longer than expected considering that CBS didn’t rip about it. No need for further explanation: The Bear is just outside the unlocked ROE door and he is hungry.

  • Dan

    @Gus – Exactly, the show’s cast is ready to move on and I hear the finale wraps up storylines. The cast would be very surprised to see the show returning. It had a good run.

    CBS and FOX have no more surprises in terms of renewals or cancellations

    NBC and ABC need to renew and cancel some shows

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