CBS: 'Golden Boy' Is Certain To Be Canceled

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

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April 30th, 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 28, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Made In Jersey (F)* canceled 0.36
CSI:NY (F)* :oops: 0.50
Vegas (some F) :oops: 0.52
Blue Bloods (F) renewed 0.55
Golden Boy (one F) :oops: 0.57
The Good Wife renewed 0.62
The Mentalist renewed 0.65
Partners* canceled 0.79
Hawaii Five-0 renewed 0.83
CSI renewed 0.87
Elementary renewed 0.88
Rules of Engagement :cry: :cry: 0.93
NCIS: Los Angeles renewed 1.10
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Mike & Molly renewed 1.12
Person Of Interest renewed 1.15
How I Met Your Mother renewed 1.29
2 Broke Girls renewed 1.29
NCIS renewed 1.30
Two And A Half Men** renewed 1.48
The Big Bang Theory renewed 2.13

There's no suspense left in 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. Golden Boy is certain to be canceled.

The good news is that final up or down (no toss ups!) guesses arrive next Tuesday, May 7! No more boring rehashing of the CBS obvious, the end is near!

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.
*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.

  • Max Vrany

    Vegas would have been a better SEO headline than Golden Boy.

    Come to think of it, both could have fit in the headline nicely.

  • jk

    CBS needs to realize that Friday on CBS is owned by the CSI:NY/Blue Bloods combo. Made in Jersey, Golden Boy, and Vegas all flopped (especially on Friday). I will laugh when another new Friday show flops if CSI:NY is cancelled (or most likely when CSI:NY is cancelled.) With all that being said, I can smell a blood bath for CBS next year…it seems like CBS is being a little too nice to some poorly-performing shows this year (or maybe network ratings are just declining in general…)

  • Bill Gorman

    “Vegas would have been a better SEO headline than Golden Boy.”

    I had Vegas last week by itself, I think the search engines are pretty well set for us there ;)

  • carolinagirl

    I enjoyed Vegas and Golden Boy. Would love to know what the events were that precepitated Walter’s appointment as commissioner but I guess we will never know now. Oh well

  • Mary

    I’m going to miss Golden Boy. I hope everyone is wrong and it’ll be renewed but that’s not going to happen. I just hope it doesn’t end in a cliff hanger.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Undercover Boss is working just great for CBS at 8pm, so no need to change that. Blue Bloods does great at 10pm, so they should keep that as well. It’s that pesky 9pm hour that gives them the most trouble! Should they go with another reality show, or try another drama?

  • JacobYates

    Vegas’ only hope would be a summer renewal. Not saying it will happen, but it could happen. Fingers crossed.

  • Dan

    In the final Renew Cancel Index

    Criminal Minds will be renewed and Since everything else is renewed
    CSI NY, Golden Boy, Rules of Engagement and Vegas wil all be officially cancelled in 2 weeks.

  • Wright

    Renew CM and cancel the rest.

  • Teddy

    Second season for “Golden Boy”, please :).

  • sally

    keep CSI NY and CRIMINal minds AND CANCEL golden gay boy

  • MichaelChickless

    One final season for CSI: NY! Blue Bloods needs a compatible lead-in on Fridays.

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood


    CBS’s Network avg (that includes TAR/AR/60Min & I would think 48hours) is 3.0 down 3% which is less than all the other networks.

    CBS doesn’t like too much turnover & loves syndication. Plus, Elementary is their only renewal of the year & that I think will make it to 88, limping & then be gone.

    This coming year, the cancellation bear will be after Blue Bloods (it will have it’s 4 season 88eps), TGW & TM.

    Other than that, H50 & CSI:LV are doing fine enough to continue.

    So, they are only being “a little too nice” to their 1 new show, which they own, & TGW/TM.

    Yes, TGW/TM wouldn’t be renewed on FOX but NBC & ABC would be fine with renewing them.

    That’s what being #1 Network with very little holes does for you.

    Consider ROE, which has ratings that every network would love to have, & yet b/c of outside factors plus the want to have some fresh blood comedy wise, it doesn’t look like it will get renewed, even for spackle.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    Cancel Rules of Engagement, Golden Boy and Vegas ! Renew the rest !

  • Ultima

    maybe network ratings are just declining in general…

    Where have you been for the past three decades? 8O

  • Sam

    What is going on with Criminal Minds?

  • Holly


    What is going on with Criminal Minds?

    Contract negotiations.

  • PurpleDrazi

    What is going on with Criminal Minds?

    I read an article yesterday that said 5 of the 7 actors on Criminal Minds have contracts up for negotiations. Also, several of the writers as well. There is a whole lot of negotiating going on and they want to get everything pinned down before making an announcement. (or they may just wait until upfronts. Why not?)

    Don’t worry. Barring some major disaster, CM will be coming back. Everybody involved wants it to and is pretty certain it will be.

  • Jonay

    Robert Seidman said that ABC will likely keep Body Of Proof as a schedule Spackle… well wouldn’t the same apply for CBS and Rules because every year a fall comedy fails???

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    If yesterdays ratings are accounted for. HIMYM is ahead of Two Broke Girls. They are tied right now on the renew/cancel index before last night’s ratings. HIMYM got a 2.7 rating. Two Broke Girls got a 2.5 rating. HIMYM is now the top Monday comedy. It’s been stuck on its season low 2.7 for three weeks, but it hasn’t been falling. Anyways, if Two and a Half Men falls anymore (I doubt it will, but it’s possible) it could tie or lose to HIMYM.

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