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.

  • JJF

    I suppose given how many dramas they renewed, they aren’t expanding their comedy hour yet? If they were, I tend to think TGW or The Mentalist would’ve gone too. Although I think both dramas should prepare for a final season next year.

  • were123

    Shows left to renew:
    Two and a half men: certain renewal
    Rules of Engagement: toss up
    Criminal Minds: certain renewal.
    Gold Boy: certain cancellation.
    Vegas: Certain cancellation.
    CSI:NY: ¿Is it a goner now? Maybe, with both The Mentalist and TGW renewed it’s likely to get axed

  • Ultima

    If you want to be a useful website, tell me who to complain to. I WANT VEGAS!

    Find a wall. At least then you won’t need to delude yourself into thinking that your complaining will matter to anyone else.

  • Ultima

    I cant see how CBS wont expand on comedy.

    I can’t see how they will. With both The Good Wife and The Mentalist being renewed, there’s no room for a fourth hour of sitcoms on the schedule.

  • Holly


    Theoretically they could pick up only two dramas, but that seems very unlikely. Or they could pick up one of TGW or Mentalist for a shortened order and launch the expanded comedy hour in the spring, but again, very unlikely.

  • TV Addict

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Fox, ABC, and NBC all expanded their comedy this year and for all of them it didn’t work
    CBS should definitely stick with 3 hours of comedy. It works.

  • Elijah

    What is the chance Elementary gets an early syndication deal like Hawaii Five 0 or 2 Broke Girls got?

  • Elijah

    Not to mention CBS owns/produces Elementary like it does with Hawaii Five 0, so I am sure they want it to get to syndication. Not to mention all the support they have given it, post super bowl slot, 2 hour season finale, etc.

  • Dan

    @Ultima – Undercover Boss to midseason is a possibility that would free some time up.

  • Holly


    Launching 3 dramas and keeping the same number of comedies already presumes that Undercover Boss is pushed to midseason.

  • ToXiX


  • ToXiX

    @Tv Addict

    CBS is smarter than all of them and could easily be successful launching more comedies however I don’t see them doing it.

  • Petar Ivanov

    With news around fx channels expect POI syndication deal sooner than later.

  • Matthew

    Bill, do you think that two and a half men is done after this season due to the contracts of the three main stars or do you think it’s going to keep going?

  • ToXiX


    You give some of the best remarks to people I have ever seen lol. Kudos

  • DSC

    there’s an error on the chart, it shows golden boy as renewed and not blue bloods.

  • omabin

    There is some chance that they still go for the comedy expansion, but I doubt it now with the mentalist renewed. They could timeshare Survivor and TAR, but I don’t believe it. Alternatively, they could wisen up, give up on launching a third drama on fridays and use the third new hour for a new pair of comedies. I think there is some chance, as I’ve said, but not as much as before. If there is no comedy expansion, this is the schedule I would go for:

    How I Met Your Mother
    2 Broke Girls
    Mike and Molly
    Beverly Hill Cops


    Criminal Minds

    The Big Bang Theory
    Two and a Half Men
    Person of Interest

    The Good Wife
    Blue Bloods

    The Amazing Race
    Hawaii Five-0
    The Mentalist

    The moves would be H50, TGW and Elementary. I suppose CBS being what it is they would more easily leave their sundays as it is and simply put H50 Fridays at 8 to minimize moves, but I think that would be a mistake, as H50 would probably actually do ok on Sundays but would collapse on Fridays IMO. Of course, in reality, there is an even greater chance of them simply insisting on launching the third drama on fridays. If that is the case, I think there is a chance that Red is not picked up, H50 slidding up to Tuesdays at 10pm and Elementary taking Sundays before the Mentalist.

    So new dramas would be Beverly Hill Cops Mondays at 10pm, Intelligence Thursdays at 10pm and Fridays at 9 following TGW.

  • Petar Ivanov


    Well i said months ago that POI is too big to move. #2 CBS and broadcast drama is not easy to be moved. And i was sure when CBS clean up thursdays from Big brother which air on thursday at 9 pm that they clean up that slot for POI reruns.

  • KJ Styles

    If Two & A Half Men’s next season is it’s last, then I think they’ll expand comedy time next season. They’ll have to, as the only veterans will be Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, and Mike & Molly. They’ll want to develop a potential hit or two with 2.5 Men and How I Met Your Mother ending.

    But if 2.5 Men continues past next season, then they probably won’t expand comedy time, and won’t pick up more than two pilots, with one of them being held for midseason.

  • omabin


    Yeah, I know. But I still think it could be moved very successfully to Wednesdays at 8. It has no drama competition at all there and to be honest, I think its audience stands on its own, I am not sure how much crossover it gets from Two and a Half Men, considering it is pretty much steady with the audience it had last year when it had Rules/Rob as lead-ins. I think the show is not lead-in dependent. Not to mention it would not face sport events during fall… I think it would be more than fine there… And if Criminal Minds moved up to 10, the 9pm slot could still be used for intelligence.

    Survivor could then be used to stabilize the struggling Sundays and CBS could take advantage of the incredible number of high profile comedies they have. I mean, in any other year, some of their comedies would be locks to be picked up! Mom from Chuck Lore? A Rupert Grinn comedy? Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy? (Even though personally I wouldn’t pick this one, I think it will bomb with CBS’s audience) Friends with Better lives from Friends writters? Even the “lower profile” ones are pretty big like the Will Arnet/Margo Martindale comedy, the Karl Penn comedy, the Debra Messing one, the McCarthys, bad teacher… It is sort of crazy to think they will only pick one up out of all these and that they will keep using the big bang theory lead in on such an old show like Two and a Half Men (which they will never bring back to mondays)…

    The case for me is just too compelling.

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