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

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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".

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.

 
  • PurpleDrazi

    @BilGorman

    Is that picture in hopes that people will finally “see the light” and realize that Rules of Engagement (and Vegas and CSI:NY) will be canceled? :-)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Is that picture in hopes that people will finally “see the light” and realize that Rules of Engagement (and Vegas and CSI:NY) will be canceled?”

    The image search was for “bear squeeze”. While it wasn’t quite what I had in mind, it is a cool picture, so I went with it.

  • TSC’s Revenge

    I, for one, would actually like to see Vegas renewed. It really struggled to find its footing at first; however, lately the show has been getting a bit more interesting. I see the viewers outside the demo have been fairly strong, not that it matters much. However, I would like to point out to the networks: if demo numbers are what you are after, perhaps it woould be better if you avoided retro dramas, e.g. Vegas, Pan-am, etc. Just sayin’…

  • The End

    @Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    Not to mention he put Amazing Race and Survivor as ‘Final Seasons’ when these shows are safe for the foreseeable future, they are CBS’s favorite sons. 22 Seasons in, The Amazing Race is still performing for CBS and is unlikely to ever be canceled. Infact Season 23 will be filming in the coming months.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Has there been any time in the last 10 years that any major network renewed all their shows at the end of may. I’m not saying no cancellations, but they renewed all the veteran, new, or midseason shows.

    Also, I think Two and a Half Men should end this year if they want to still be able to call it Two and a Half Men. Charlie is gone. The now adult “half man” is leaving after this season. If you are going to continue, just call it the Allen Harper Show

  • ThatOneDude

    save rules of engagement! :(

  • Hardline_Pro

    I bet Criminal Minds will be renewed, but some of the cast might not come back.

  • bk8718

    You know, with all the high profile sitcom projects in the works at CBS, I don’t think it’s inconceivable that Mike and Molly gets moved to midseason. Very unlikely, yes. But not inconceivable.

  • Paul

    A couple of years ago, CBS was going to put first run Rules of Engagement on Saturday nights. I was interested to see how well it would do. Still am. I doubt they will do so and it may not be successful but I’d like to see them try it anyway.

  • Ultima

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt
    I’m not saying no cancellations, but they renewed all the veteran, new, or midseason shows.

    ???

    In order to renew all of their shows, they would necessarily not be able to cancel anything.

  • Holly

    @Ultima,

    Maybe he means the only shows canceled were canceled earlier like Made in Jersey was?

  • CBSviewer

    Just a question: Why CBS does not air the Pilot of the Shows they want to pick up during the current to see the ones with the higher ratings ?

  • Pavelsauce

    @ProViewerShipNumbers
    Just like last time, that’s a ludicrous schedule. And that’s before getting to those “grades.” No exec in the right mind would schedule shows like Survivor and TAR on Saturdays.

  • Ultima

    @CBS Viewer
    Why CBS does not air the Pilot of the Shows they want to pick up during the current to see the ones with the higher ratings ?

    Because it is much, much, MUCH cheaper to screen pilots in front of test audiences than to promote them for public viewing.

  • ToXiX

    @Ultima

    Well what test audience would have approved Partners pilot.

  • Bill

    Boo to CBS. Rules is just as funny as ever, it’s still got a good couple of seasons left, imo.

  • Ultima

    @Patrick Ausgewhalt
    Has there been any time in the last 10 years that any major network renewed all their shows at the end of may.

    I’m making some assumptions here, but I think FOX in 2010 is the closest to what you’re looking for. They only canceled seven shows for the entire season.

    Three fall cancellations – the entire Friday lineup of Brothers, ‘Til Death and Dollhouse was canceled in October.

    Three failed midseason shows – Past Life was pulled after two weeks, Sons of Tuscon after four, and the game show Our Little Genius never even made it on the air.

    The only show on the midseason schedule that aired its full order of episodes (excluding the ~40 episode ‘Til Death burnoff) was 24, which had a cancellation/final season announcement in late March.

  • Theoacme

    @ToXiX – trust me, the process of a test audience picking new shows has got to be much funnier than a lot of shows that are green-lighted…

    …a reality double-header for the CW, along with the Cancellation Bear? (Since CBS half owns the CW, this is germane here :) )

  • CrimTV

    I have a feeling that after putting it off for a while, CBS will finally have to open up another comedy hour on Thursdays with all of their single-cam and multi-cam pilots. I think they should move 2 Broke Girls to Thursdays

  • John

    @ProViewerShipNumbers

    do you even watch tv? there is so much wrong with this its actually hilarious. first of all why would they put two shows on at 11:30 at night? next theres no way they’re going to do three full nights of comedy, especially on wednesdays when theres enough competition from ABC shows like the middle and modern family. third why would they renew the good wife for TWENTY NINE epsisodes when its practically the lowest rated returning drama? i think you have a lot of high hopes that really arent going to come true.

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