CBS: 'CSI:NY' Is Certain To Be Canceled, But The Delusional Are Welcome To Provide Scenarios Under Which It Isn't

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April 16th, 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 14, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Made In Jersey (F)* canceled 0.36
CSI:NY (F)* :oops: 0.50
Vegas (some F) :oops: 0.53
Blue Bloods (F) renewed 0.54
Golden Boy (one F) :oops: 0.56
The Good Wife renewed 0.61
The Mentalist renewed 0.65
Partners* canceled 0.79
Hawaii Five-0 renewed 0.82
CSI renewed 0.85
Elementary renewed 0.87
Rules of Engagement :cry: :cry: 0.96
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.07
NCIS: Los Angeles renewed 1.07
Mike & Molly renewed 1.13
Person Of Interest renewed 1.14
How I Met Your Mother renewed 1.29
NCIS renewed 1.29
2 Broke Girls renewed 1.31
Two And A Half Men** :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.49
The Big Bang Theory renewed 2.12

CBS' flurry of renewals a few weeks ago took all the interest out of the remaining CBS drama renewal or cancellation decisions, so all that's left for the cancellation bear in these weekly posts is getting some headlines in place that will get some search engine love once frantic fans start searching for their previously canceled shows.

CSI:NY is now certain to be canceled. However, delusional fantasies over how it might return seem to grip many of our commenters, as well as entertaining many others, so have at it in the comments with your scenarios explaining how CBS will manage to keep CSI:NY if you're game.

Here's the bear's delusional scenario:

CBS' Les Moonves is able to open a portal to an alternate universe where CSI:NY airs at 9pm Friday, while in our universe another CBS drama airs in that timeslot. Viewers with the latest set top boxes are able to view or DVR either, or both.

I'm sure our commenters can do better than that.

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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.

  • MichaelChickless

    @David “Why has CBS scrambled their reruns this week? Are they testing out different timeslots for shows for next fall”

    I think that’s exactly it.

    PS: Does anyone else always just scroll right past fantasy schedules without reading them?

    I am NOT a spammer (or a role model)

  • Rollie Dethloff

    CSI: NY better come back. In my opinion, Jo makes the show feel at home on Fridays.


    7:00 60 Minutes
    8:00 The Amazing Race/ Survivor (1 cycle each)
    9:00 Unforgettable (remaining 4)/Elementary (22)
    10:00 The Mentalist (22)

    8:00 2 Broke Girls (22)
    8:30 Crazy Ones (13-22)
    9:00 How I Met Your Mother (22 final)
    9:30 Mike & Molly (22)
    10:00 Hawaii Five-O (22)

    8:00 NCIS (22)
    9:00 NCIS: LA (22)
    10:00 The Good Wife (22)

    8:00 NCIS: Red (22)
    9:00 Blue Bloods (22)
    10:00 CSI (22)

    8:00 The Big Bang Theory (22)
    8:30 Mom (13-22)
    9:00 Person Of Interest (22)
    10:00 New Drama (22)

    8:00 Undercover Boss (22)
    9:00 CSI: NY (22 final)
    10:00 Criminal Minds (22)

    Getting the axe: Vegas, Made In Jersey, and Golden Boy (3)/ Rules Of Engagement and Two And A Half Men (2)

  • chezmoi

    CSI: NY switches to ABC after being cancelled by CBS, as foreign money comes in Baywatch style with David Caruso replacing Gary Sinise. :-)

  • Tony JJ

    @Rollie Dethloff

    The Good Wife isn’t moving back to Tuesdays and Blue Bloods and Criminal Minds will not switch spots. Why would CBS swap a show that hits a 3.0 on a Wednesday to Friday and put a show that hits a 1.5 on Friday to Wednesday? Makes no logic. Blue Bloods will live it’s whole life on Fridays. The Good Wife will also die on Sundays.

    Elementary won’t be moved to Sundays (although I think it should be moved to Sunday or Friday, it’s ratings are a disappointment) because CBS needs to get it to syndication. In a year or two it will be moved to Sundays or Fridays and die there (unless ratings rise next season).

    CSI:NY isn’t coming back. and 2 Broke Girls and HIMYM won’t swap slots.

  • CBSviewer

    My scenario is that CBS will keep CSI: NY in case of a new flop on Friday with a 13 episodes order.

  • J.J.

    What CBS will do 2013-2014:

    8 – How I Met
    30 – new comedy
    9 – 2 Broke Girls
    30 – Mike & Molly
    10 – Beverly Hills Cop

    8 – NCIS
    9 – NCIS: LA
    10 – NCIS: RED

    8 – Survivor
    9 – Hawaii 5-0
    10 – Criminal Minds

    8 – Two & a Half
    30 – Big Bang
    9 – Person of Interest
    10 – Elementary

    8 – Undercover
    9 – CSI
    10 – Blue Bloods

    8- Amazing Race
    9 – The Good Wife
    10 – The Mentalist

  • Johnny

    CSI: NY has cheated death – or managed to slip away from the Cancellation Bear’s claws – the past three seasons, I don’t think it has a fourth in it, especially with season 9’s ratings decline. Besides, I think the cast is ready to move on. Hill Harper will be a series regular on USA Network’s Covert Affairs this summer, and didn’t Sela Ward get picked for a FOX or NBC pilot (I could be mistaken)?

    And most fans have been saying goodbye every season it’s cheated it’s death and some already left (or the show wouldn’t be getting the rip), CSI: NY fell boring after Stella left, it’s like the writers (and Gary Sinise) stopped trying with season 7, and then these ‘new’ writers in seasons 8&9 really did not better.

    It’s time to say goodbye, CSI: NY has had a good 9-year run on CBS, but it’s time. But I wouldn’t mind TNT picking the show up though and retooling it, it could be a cable hit. But the likelyhood of that happening is very slim.

    “Confirm I’m not a spammer,” WTF? Bill? How am I supposed to do that?

  • Rollie Dethloff

    @Tony JJ

    Just trying something new. If you think about it, Fridays could be a night entirely devoted to NY with Elementary, Person Of Interest, and Blue Bloods. CSI: NY and Golden Boy could be included too. But that’ll never happen, although it’d be fun to see. I wish CBS would try their rating strongholds in new places more often :(

  • Ultima

    Why has CBS scrambled their reruns this week?

    Just seeing how shows do in different slots. Even though it’s only repeats, they can still get some information about retention and synergy.

    The NCIS flip is simply to avoid airing regular repeats of NCIS, because they’re trying to keep it as the offical #1 show of the season.

  • Ultima

    @CBS Viewer
    My scenario is that CBS will keep CSI: NY in case of a new flop on Friday with a 13 episodes order.

    If you really were a “CBS Viewer” you would know that they haven’t done that with a drama for more than a decade! ;)

    The most likely scenario is that CBS will once again hold Undercover Boss and one new drama as their hour-long replacements.

  • Tommy M.

    The only schedule moves I think may happen is that H5-0 gets moved to Sundays at 9 and TGW moves to Fridays at 9. Moving TGW to Fridays deals with them not having to launch 2 new dramas on Fridays. Also now that TGW can ride the Friday syndication train CBS can excuse it’s poor ratings. H5-0 is the lowest rated drama that was renewed and didn’t air on Friday or Sunday nights. CBS has to believe they can do better in the 10PM timeslot on Mondays. So with those two moves they will launch a new comedy at 8:30 on Mondays, and 3 new dramas, 1 at 10PM on Mondays, 1 at 10PM on Tuesdays, and 1 at 8PM on Fridays.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Ultima

    You’re right but things can change :/

  • Illinois

    CBS Schedule:

    8:00 – How I Met Your Mother (24 episodes)
    8:30 – Mike & Molly (22 episodes)
    9:00 – The Big Bang Theory (25 episodes)
    9:30 – Crazy Ones (13-22 episodes)
    10:00 – Beverly Hills Cop (13-24 episodes)

    8:00 – NCIS (24 episodes)
    9:00 – NCIS: Red (13-24 episodes)
    10:00 – Criminal Minds (24 episodes)

    8:00 – Survivor
    9:00 – NCIS: Los Angeles (25 episodes)
    10:00 – CSI (23 episodes)

    8:00 – 2 Broke Girls (24 episodes)
    8:30 – Two and a Half Men (24 episodes)
    9:00 – Person of Interest (22-23 episodes)
    10:00 – Elementary (24 episodes)

    8:00 – Intelligence (13-16 episodes) / Undercover Boss
    9:00 – The Good Wife (18 episodes) / Hostages (13 episodes)
    10:00 – Blue Bloods (23 episodes)

    8:00 – The Amazing Race
    9:00 – Hawaii Five-0 (22 episodes)
    10:00 – The Mentalist (20 episodes)

    I think CBS needs to move TBBT to Monday because the night is free falling.

  • Nick

    What CBS should do for 2013-2014:

    8: How I Met Your Mother (final season) (24 episodes)
    8:30: Two and a Half Men (17 episodes)*
    9: 2 Broke Girls (24 episodes)
    9:30: Mike & Molly (18 episodes)*
    10: Beverly Hills Cop (new) (13 episodes)

    * Whichever of these does better gets extended to 22 episodes.

    8: NCIS (24 episodes)
    9: Untitled NCIS: LA spinoff (new) (13 episodes)
    10: NCIS: Los Angeles (23 episodes)

    8: Survivor
    9: Criminal Minds (22 episodes)
    10: CSI (23 episodes)

    8: The Big Bang Theory (25 episodes)
    8:30: Mom (new) (13 episodes)
    9: Person of Interest (24 episodes)
    10: Intelligence (new) (13 episodes)

    8: Undercover Boss (22 episodes)
    9: Elementary (22 episodes)
    10: Blue Bloods (22 episodes)

    8: Beverly Hills Cop (R)
    9: The Mentalist (R)
    10: 48 Hours Mystery

    7: 60 Minutes
    8: The Amazing Race
    9: The Good Wife (13 episodes)
    10: Hawaii Five-0 (22 episodes)

    Midseason – The Mentalist (13 episodes)

    Feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  • BretU20

    I love CSI: NY and really don’t want to see it end, but The Mentalist has been down on Sundays so they need to move it, it was a top rated show every year except this year so they could move it to NY’s spot and see if that’ll work.

  • KJ Styles

    If NCIS Red gets picked up for series, then I predict that NCIS LA will be moved to either 10pm Tuesdays or another night altogether. LA can still be successful without the original as a lead in, but they’ll want the original to help Red be successful.

  • Dan

    CBS doesn’t announce final seasons, which is why shows like Cold Case, Without a Trace, The Unit, Numb3rs, Ghost Whisperer, and CSI Miami just ended. CSI NY has been on the bubble for 3 seasons so it got 3 finales without any confirmed to be the final season before May. Medium is the only show that got a final season but having the episode order cut was an obvious give away.

    While next season will likely be the last for struggling Mentalist and Good Wife, hopefully CBS will announce it or at least the creators can wrap ongoing storylines since both shows are serialized or have a larger plot (Red Jon in The Mentlist). Both shows renewals may have confirmed their end in May 2014.

    CSI NY had a really good run and ran two more seasons then people expected it to.

    Vegas just never caught on as a period drama but at least all episodes will air.

    Golden Boy got treated better than CBS’s recent midseason dramas of the past few seasons and will air all 13 episodes but thats about it. NCIS RED will take over next season.

    Rules of Engagement had a really good run and while was treated less than perfect during its run, got more seasons then people expected it to and will at least wrap up all storylines with 100 episodes.

    Next seasons cancellations

    Dramas: The Good Wife, The Mentalist, 1 or 2 underperforming dramas.

    Sitcoms: HIMYM, Two and a Half Men, 1 or 2 underperforming comedies.

    I don’t think Hawaii 5-0 or Blue Bloods will be axed after their fourth seasons. With CBS owning both shows and syndication deals, CBS may milk them for a couple of more seasons despite OK ratings just to get over 100 episodes.

  • Dan

    @KJ Styles – I expect CBS to move NCIS LA to Tues at 10 and air NCIS Red at 9 (As foreshadowed by their summer schedule) though I wouldnt be surprised if Red aired at 10, its more likely they will give the new spinoff the 9pm slot.

  • carbar

    Plz no cancellation for Golden Boy. It gets better each episode!

  • KJ Styles

    @Dan- I agree. I had Red at 9 and LA at 10 on a fantasy schedule I made on last week’s index.

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