CBS: 'Rules of Engagement' Is Likely To Be Canceled

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

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April 9th, 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-  April 7, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Made In Jersey (F)* canceled 0.36
CSI:NY (F)* :oops: 0.50
Blue Bloods (F) renewed 0.54
Golden Boy (one F) :oops: 0.55
Vegas (some F) :oops: 0.56
The Good Wife renewed 0.59
The Mentalist renewed 0.65
Partners* canceled 0.79
Hawaii Five-0 renewed 0.81
CSI renewed 0.83
Elementary renewed 0.86
Rules of Engagement :cry: :cry: 0.94
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.05
NCIS: Los Angeles renewed 1.06
Mike & Molly renewed 1.11
Person Of Interest renewed 1.13
How I Met Your Mother renewed 1.27
2 Broke Girls renewed 1.29
NCIS renewed 1.30
Two And A Half Men** :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.46
The Big Bang Theory renewed 2.09

CBS' flurry of renewals appeared just before the cancellation bear locked down his "vacation week" poll post, and didn't have time to add much exposition.

The only real news in the CBS renewal announcement was the renewal of The Mentalist which the bear still had as a "toss up".

With the renewal of The Mentalist, CBS has signaled they're not going to be expanding their sitcom time next season (otherwise they'd not be able to premiere 3 new dramas as they have for the last seven seasons). That lack of new sitcom time means that Rules of Engagement could only return as a mid-season replacement unless CBS premieres no new sitcoms, which is inconceivable. While Rules was a mid-season replacement this season, the bear judges it to be unlikely to happen again, and have now moved the show's prediction to "likely to be canceled".

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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.

  • Fake Me Out

    Is there a holiday in the US? Hello? [tap, tap, tap] Is this thing on?

  • toxix

    CBS really pisses me off only adding one comedy a season. They cancel all of their midseason comedies and then premiere a lame ass flop in the fall.

    CBS was better off renewing Rob! than ordering Partners.

  • alvar

    The only real slot that needs fixing on CBS is 9pm Sunday. I am tipping ELEMENTARY will likely take the 9pm Sunday slot next season, opening up 10pm Thursday for a new drama. THE MENTALIST and THE GOOD WIFE will fill 10pm Sunday and 9pm Friday. Other than that, highly unlikely that CBS is going to make any other drastic changes to the schedule when there is no need.

  • ProViewerShipNumbers

    CBS: 2013-2014 TV Schedule

    7 – 60 MINUTES [solid C]
    8 – HALF A HEART [19 episodes]
    10 – BLUE BLOODS [19 episodes][D minus]
    11:30 – THE BUDDY SYSTEM [10 episodes]

    8 – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER [FINAL SEASON][17 episodes][B minus][this should have been its last season]| Girlfriend Season [MARCH][14 episodes]
    8 – Friends With Better Lives [24 episodes]
    9 – MIKE & MOLLY [25 episodes][D minus]
    9 – TWO AND A HALF MEN [FINAL SEASON][19 episodes][F minus]
    10 – CRIMINAL MINDS [FINAL SEASON][27 episodes][B minus]

    8 – NCIS [29 episodes][C minus]
    9 – THE GOOD WIFE [29 episodes][solid A]
    10 – NCIS: LOS ANGELES [27 episodes][D plus]

    8 The McCarthys [24 episodes]
    8 UNTITLED TAD QUILL PROJECT [24 episodes]
    9 2 BROKE GIRLS [26 episodes][F minus; “beyond vile” as some executives would say]
    9 Ex-Men [24 episodes]
    10 CSI [19 episodes][ending in December 2014][B minus]

    THURSDAY [most important day on TV]
    8 THE BIG BANG THEORY [29 episodes][solid F]
    8 Unauthorized Greg Garcia Project [25 episodes]
    9 PERSON OF INTEREST [29 episodes][B plus]
    10 Hostages [24 episodes]

    8 – White People (created by J.T. Rogers) [19 episodes]
    9 – THE MENTALIST [FINAL SEASON][19 episodes][D minus]
    10 – ELEMENTARY [25 episodes][D minus]

    8 – UNTITLED AARON SHURE PROJECT [19 episodes]
    8 – How To Grow Up [19 episodes]
    9 – Hawaii Five-0 [19 episodes][F minus]
    10 – VEGAS [20 episodes][C minus] | GOLDEN BOY [MARCH] [15 episodes][C minus]
    11:30 – All The Single Ladies [19 episodes]

  • Dan S

    CBS being #1 & most renewals announced has few surprises before the upfront next month. I’d say ROE is finished while 2.5 Men & CM will return. I guess the only ? is will they expand their comedies or not ? If another hour is added I’d say Wed at 8pm shipping Survivor over to Sun. The Mentalist would then likely move to Fri replacing NY.

  • alvar


    You’re kidding yourself if you think CBS are going to make such drastic changes to their schedule next season when there’s no need to

  • matt

    Yeah, 0% chance both mentalist and elementary go to friday. people are really clueless acting like they know scheduling

  • Max Vrany

    @ProViewerShipNumbers, there’s so much wrong with that schedule, I’m not even going to bother. And that’s before looking at your “grades”.

  • Jacob

    CBS wouldn’t take the chance putting those shows on Friday, as you can see Friday shows on CBS don’t do very well.

  • samurai99

    I’m guessing that CSI and H50 will get moved off to friday next year. Elementary will be at 10 pm any night Monday-Thursday, doesn’t make a difference which. Everything else can stay where it is.

  • Ben


    As if CBS is going to put The Amazing Race, Survivor, Hawaii Five-O or any other programs costing more than a few dollars (such as news show) on Saturday night.

  • Martin

    Just because CBS normally has three new dramas every fall, doesn’t mean they are just going to do the same thing every year, really do think new hour of comedy somewhere on the schedule this fall, especially with the amount of pilots ordered, also really think there will be at least one single cam comedy.

  • omabin


    They have premiered every year at least 3.5 hours of new shows – it is not inconceivable that they premiere the same amount of hours, but that instead of 3 new dramas + 1 new comedy, they go for 2 new dramas + 3 new comedies. So while renewing the mentalist certainly decreases the odds of the comedy expansion, it doesn’t mean it will not happen. There is also a possibility (even though I do not believe it) that CBS timeshares Survivor and the amazing race on sundays.

    I would go for:

    How I Met Your Mother
    Friends with Better Lives
    2 Broke Girls
    Mike and Molly
    Beverly Hill Cops

    Hawaii Five-0

    Person of Interest
    Criminal Minds

    The Big Bang Theory
    Two and a Half Men
    Super Clyde

    The Good Wife [13 eps]/Undercover Boss
    Blue Bloods

    The Amazing Race
    The Mentalist

    Yeah, I have not included the NCIS-Red spinoff in the proposed schedule. I believe it is not such a great idea as some may think. Regardless, it could go to tuesdays as everyone wants and Hawaii remains on mondays at the expense of beverly hill cops.

  • Celoriu

    I think CBS will definitely expand sitcom time this fall, even if it’s at the expense of drama. They have way too many high-profile comedy pilots even for 3 slots: Crazy Ones and Mom should be locks based on talent involved, and at least one of Greg Garcia’s shows will be picked up. And then they still have the Matthew Broderick one, and others that have gotten some buzz, such as Friends with Better Lives and The McCarthys. CBS’ current brand of comedy is a reason to be skeptical, but otherwise… what an embarrasment of riches!

    I know the bear doesn’t especulate and only takes guesses based on previous knowledge, but this is such an unusual and insane situation that it should be taken into account.

  • The End

    Person of Interest is highly unlikely going to be moved days, the show is performing in its timeslot and typically shows that perform are left alone. So Thursday should be roughly the same in my opinion.

  • The End


    Please tell me you’re trolling, there’s so much wrong with that schedule that really someone could sat for a while picking it apart.

  • Bill Gorman

    “They have premiered every year at least 3.5 hours of new shows – it is not inconceivable that they premiere the same amount of hours, but that instead of 3 new dramas + 1 new comedy, they go for 2 new dramas + 3 new comedies.”

    Nothing is preventing them from doing that but recent history.

    Since I predict what’s likely, as opposed to what’s possible, I’m going with recent history.

  • Mike C

    All of the shows not yet renewed I believe are done. Vegas and Golden Boy were shows that seamingly failed to launch. CSI:NY is like a show that has had a very long and fulfilling run but it now has two factors going against it. One: It should’ve ended after MK left in 2010. I never really could rebuild my love for the show, even as much as I enjoyed Sela Ward. Second, the show cheated death three times but now should retire.

    Rules of Engagement, meh…It looks like the bear could catch up and munch on it.

  • Jonay

    CBS makes no scenes why would it renew both dramas on Sunday they should renewed 1 and expanded their sitcom time ughh!!! CBS……(-_-)

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    @ ProViewerShipNumbers

    Lmao that’s a big fantasy schedule….no network is gonna add a Saturday schedule.

    The only big surprise left is if 2.5 Men doesn’t return due to negotiations going sour( though that wouldnt be the end of the world for CBS now that BBT is their highest rated sitcom) so maybe by the skin of it’s teeth they might renewed Rules…though they might be better off with two new sitcoms.
    The Mentalist will most likely be moved to Friday. Tuesday will be NCIS night officially now ( which will be annoying…why do people watch these shows?

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