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

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

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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.

  • chezmoi

    Sorry! The Virginian included I think either James Drury or Doug McClure

  • Jon

    @ Anyanka….from my understanding unforgettable will remain a summer show, and if things go well, it will be back for summer 2014 as well, or if things go bad for another new show, Im sure they could plug it in as a replacement.

  • mary

    Actually Law & Order: Criminal Intent ended first. As for Ncis: Red-many shows have had a pilot(or introduced within another show) and have been tweaked accordingly. So Ncis: Red might come back in the fall with different actors.
    Anyone remember that original CSI was on Fridays.

  • chezmoi

    Actually Law & Order: Trial by Jury ended first I think

  • chezmoi

    …and Jag introduced NCIS which introduced NCIS: LA

  • Ultima

    @KJ Styles
    They announced How I Met Your Mother as a final season so that theory is false

    Pretty sure the producers said that it was the final season, not CBS.

  • Puffy

    Why wasn’t T&aHM renewed already? Contract disputes?

    I can’t imagine any scenario that has both T&aHM and RoE cancelled, or renewed.

  • Sheri

    I’m still wondering about the lack of renewal for Two and a Half Men and Criminal Minds. Neither is a show I watch, so I really don’t care either way, though that said, I’d rather have a comedy I enjoy replace Two and Half Men. Two and a Half Men doesn’t surprise me that it’s not renewed. — I’m guessing contract negotiations are going to be a big issue all around, particularly with Angus T. Jones. He may have apologized for what he said, but the bottom line is that he said it and he meant it and it doesn’t sound like his heart is in the show. I can’t see him really wanting to renew — who wants to work at a job they’re not enjoying. And at some point, CBS is going to have to evaluate whether they want to pay even more for Ashton Kutcher for another season or if they have enough on their horizon to let this season be enough.

    I’d love to see CSI: NY renewed, but as others have pointed out, it’s survived a couple of seasons that most people thought it wouldn’t. And, I don’t want to see it come back as a spring filler show — I don’t think that’s fair to the actors. Give them a chance to move on to new projects instead.

  • cleve

    I think CBS is stubbed for canceling CSINY lot better then a lot of the garbage that is on leave it on

  • TV12

    After the way Pam Veasey and Zach Reiter destroyed CSI NY with all the romantic subplots and focus off of the crime scene investigation, the show is better off getting cancelled than making the loyal viewers suffer through that swill. They have no one to blame but themselves

  • michel

    i think csi ny needs to stay just i favor of al the world wide fan basses the show has after nine seasons and not just kill it of the way cbs did with miami so the fans didn’t even get an apropiate series ender and what some of you cal 3 serries finales that not true csi ny didn’t have 1 good serries ender.

    Ok i think csi ny was gooing down when melina exited the show maybe if they get her to renagotiate a contract for i say 10 episodes the show will get back some of the old fibe it had.

    I have seen bleubloods and criminal minds and i personaly hate them booth just not the right setting and story line plots are way off the normal CSI is just renewed but when graay en william left the show it was already on an downfall course for me i dont even whats it anymore.

    Back to my opinion CSI NY needs to stay if not for 13 eppisodes just for the writers to give the whole cast an way to say goodbey to eachother and the world wide fan basses they have picked up with csi NY

  • donna

    mentalist needs to be moved to new time slot or new day of the week. no drama survives sunday slot @ 10:00 because of sports overruns. not fair to any show at this time. mentalist still a great show! do it justice!

  • omabin

    Honestly, I am not sure why everyone thinks it is such a bad idea to cut down survivor and the amazing race cycles to one per year. Not only should their ratings increase due to the lower exposure and thus increase their longevity, but also even in short term numbers wise, it is quite possible that CBS can increase on their numbers with an extra hour of comedy. Let’s look at it this way:
    – Survivor fall Season average: 2.86
    – The Amazing Race fall Season average: 2.56
    – Survivor spring Season average so far: 2.54
    – The Amazing Race spring Season average so far: 2.33

    This all averages out to a nice 2.57. Now let’s look at the comedy hours. Obviously, all the big 5 CBS comedies more than beat this number, with averages of 5.4 (TBBT), 3.9 (TAHM), 3.5 (2BG), 3.2 (HIMYM) and 3.0 (MM). However, even a marginal performance like ROE has somehow of a comparable average so far, 2.49, and that is without having had the benefit of airing in the fall when ratings are higher and having also had to air episodes in the nights full of repeats. What is more, even though the individual average for a bomb like Partners (2.07) is clearly below the 2.57, the overall average of the hour made of HIMYM and Partners is 2.62, which is pretty much in line with the 2.57, and that is with a major flop comedy. Also, as I’ve started by saying, this analysis doesn’t even take into account the gains that I think we would see for the seasons of survivor and the amazing race themselves, not to mention the fact that the new hour of comedies would probably go directly into cbs super thursday, thus meaning the huge lead-ins of the big bang theory and two and a half men.

    I think this would be a good move, considering all signs point towards CBS having an incredible pilot season comedy wise. Now, another option would be to cut down on the third new drama in favour of this hour of comedy and that might be even more wortwhile than reducing reality hours. However, as the ratings from drama hours are not as obviously higher than reality for CBS, it is very hard to make this sort of assessment in that case, it would really depend on where the third new drama would go and how good it would be.

  • Meliwa

    @omabin–because the producers of both Survivor and Amazing Race negotiate two cycles per contract with CBS, which makes for a full season of shows. Also comparing AR’s ratings on Sundays to other shows during the week is misleading, as AR is routinely delayed in the spring and fall at least an hour or more due to football or golf (because CBS News requires that 60 Minutes be presented in full no matter what time it starts). Plus, CBS did try to introduce a new comedy this season and ‘Partners’ failed miserably.

  • Jimmy J

    CSI: NY is no more except in syndication. If you watched the season final episode, it was clear that it was meant to act also as a finale for the series. Mac finally proposed to his lady, and everyone was happy.

  • Steve

    Alright. First off, there is NO WAY that CBS will budge The Big Bang Theory off of Thursdays. The ratings are far too high for it and with it on at 8, it can generate another 20 million viewer episode. Comedies at 8 tend to do better because they’re considered more family-friendly, except for NBC and let’s face it. NBC’s sitcoms aren’t funny.

    Two and a Half Men needs to go. Sadly, with its ratings, unless one of the main characters drops dead, it won’t. But if it goes anywhere other than 8:30 on Thursday, you’ll see ratings fall to <10 million viewers.

    I like Nick's schedule but would leave one caveat on there. I'd give NCIS: Red 20 episodes. Give it a chance to be good.

  • cheryl lautermilch

    It sucks that CSI new York isn’t on Friday at 9 anymore I love that show I looked forward to Fridays so I could watch it now I can’t find it on any channel very often at all so sad it was very entertaining and worth watching.

  • Scarps

    OMG CSI: NY is over. Please, no more of that crappy show.

  • TV Viewer

    Since CBS has obviously announced they have decided to cancel Vegas, I hope that the last episode will wrap things up in a fitting series finale tribute. Vegas should have a series finale the way the last episode of CSI:NY was treated as a series finale, (and not just a season finale).

    Give Golden Boy and Rules of Engagement their series finales tributes as well, because, they are going to be cancelled as well.

  • Theoacme

    CSI: NY will be renewed when someone opens their eyes, and sees Melina Kanakaredes hectoring him/her, as Concetta Tomei did to her in Providence

    …whereupon Kanakaredes rejoins Mike Farrell, adds David Ogden Stiers and John Cleese, and reboots as CSI: Providence…

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