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!

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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.

  • American

    Agree with todd35, hate the main character on Golden Boy.
    With CBS’ renewals pretty much set for this season, there isn’t much interest left. Obviously everything spare CM is cancelled, though ROE has IMO ~10% of coming back. Come on ABC, what are you renewing???

  • catsrule

    Criminal Minds should go in the headline, it’s the only certain renewal left.

  • Reedmac

    This ones pretty easy

    Criminal Minds will be renewed
    Rules, Vegas, Golden Boy, CSI:NY will all be cancelled

    They’ll shift a couple of shows around but nothing too drastic.

    My unlikely CBS shedule

    8-HIMYM(Final season)
    8.30-New Comedy(Mom)
    9.30-Mike and Molly
    10-New Drama(Beverly Hills Cop)

    10-New Drama (The Ordained(13)/Hostages(13))

    8-Survivor/New Drama (NCIS:RED)
    9-Criminal Minds

    8.30-New Comedy(Super Clyde)
    9.30-New Comedy(Bad Teacher)

    8-Hawaii 5-O
    10-Blue Bloods(Final season)

    8-TAR/Undercover Boss
    9-The Mentalist(Final season)
    10-The Good Wife(Final season)

    also picked up-1 additional comedy replacement for mid season, 1 additonal drama

  • CBSviewer

    I can’t see reasons for not picking up NCIS: Red. CBS will try it anyway. It can be a hit after all even if the backdoor pilot wasn’t good. A lot of Shows’ pilots are bad and the rest of the episodes pretty good.

  • Anne Summerhayes

    I really liked Golden Boy. I keep hoping the Bear is wrong and somehow this series will be picked up for next year. I thought the premise was an interesting new twist, and I would love to see the rest of the stories about how Walter became Police Commissioner. Another season would really be appreciated.

  • Blake Williams

    I would be happy with Vegas as a summer renewal. This show is too good to throw away after only one season. Maybe TNT, A&E, USA, FX, or AMC might pick it up

  • Blake Williams

    Vegas is a lot classier for the Tiffany Network than Two and a Half Men and Two Broke Girls.

  • Dolorita Cooper

    I am really enjoying “The Golden Boy” Program. The stories are interesting because they carry a continual story line. I would hope “the powers that be” could give these newer programs more time to develop and gain a substantial following. Please don’t cancel.

  • Montecore

    I really like Vegas and couldn’t care less about Golden Boy. Why do so many people think that shows will not survive if they are on Fridays? We have DVR’s and can record whatever show we want. I just hope that the nielsen rating system can adjust to the 21rst century. If they can’t then they should find a way to do that.

  • Ultima

    We have DVR’s and can record whatever show we want. I just hope that the nielsen rating system can adjust to the 21rst century.

    Neilsen ratings have included DVR usage for more than seven years now. Seems you’re the one having trouble adjusting to the times.

    Why do so many people think that shows will not survive if they are on Fridays?

    Plenty of shows survive on Fridays (CSI NY, Blue Bloods, Fringe, Grimm, etc.) – just not relatively low rated shows like Vegas.

  • Jeff

    I am certain now criminal minds renewal will be announced next week the show runner just signed a new conta=ract yesterday now just waiting on the stars

  • Phylis

    I like Golden Boy, love the characters and the deep friendship with the main characters and will hate to see it cancelled. I can’t believe that Broke Girls got renewed, they have the foulest mouths on CBS and have stopped watching it long ago. I guess foul mouths is what the 18-49 crowd likes. Otherwise, I’m happy, the majority of my faves have been renewed.

  • Elijah

    Why does Marc Berman keep thinking Elementary is going to Friday next season?

    “Scandal” inched past “Elementary” (6.1/11 vs. 6.0/11). And “Scandal” will have no trouble holding a considerable lead among adults 18-49 (and other key young adult demos). “Scandal” is a “winner;” “Elementary” (which will likely be shipped off to Friday next season) is not.”

    He seriously has no clue, it’s not like any of the other 10 pm shows on CBS are doing significantly better, plus CBS owns it and will want to get it to syndication.

    I’m done trying to understand that guy. The mere fact he was “shocked” that Harry’s Law was cancelled and shows like Happy Endings was renewed when it was on after Modern Family and averaging like 110% of ABC’s scripted average tells me he has no clue what he is talking about.
    “Mr. Television” YEAH right, LOL

  • The Bear OmNomNom

    My predictions for 2013-2014:

    8:00 The Amazing Race
    9:00 The Good Wife
    10:00 The Mentalist

    8:00 How I Met Your Mother
    8:30 2 Broke Girls
    9:00 Two and a Half Men
    9:30 The Crazy Ones (NEW)
    10:00 Beverly Hills Cop (NEW)

    8:00 NCIS
    9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
    10:00 Anatomy of Violence (NEW)
    8:00 Survivor
    9:00 Criminal Minds
    10:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    8:00 The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 Mom (NEW)
    9:00 Person of Interest
    10:00 Elementary

    8:00 Intelligence (NEW)
    9:00 Hawaii Five-O
    10:00 Blue Bloods

    Backstrom (NEW)
    Mike & Molly (18 eps)
    Undercover Boss

  • CancelationBeaver

    @ Elijah

    Elementary won’t move to Friday ! As you said CBS owns it and they probably want to keep it for, at least, four seasons. It will move after its third season IF the ratings are too low. Hawaii Five or The Good Wife are the more likely to move to Friday even if would not surprise me to see Criminal Minds moving to Friday.

  • DH Z

    It seems that every time a good show comes out that is aimed at older viewers like Vegas, networks cancel it because we are not a target audience. Boy are they wrong! Seniors make up the majority of the spending population so they should be looking at shows like Vegas and saying, lets keep it!

  • Ultima

    It seems that every time a good show comes out that is aimed at older viewers like Vegas, networks cancel it because we are not a target audience. Boy are they wrong! Seniors make up the majority of the spending population

    Supply and demand.

    Older viewers are a product that’s widely available and not hard to get, so the advertisers see no reason to pay for it.

  • Eliot

    Rules Of Engagement, Vegas, CSI: New York and Golden Boy are all very likely to be cancelled in my eyes. Rules Of Engagement isn’t doing badly at all in terms of ratings but I’m very much doubting CBS want to keep this on for another season as a mid-season replacement. They’ll surely want to try something new, which means a new sitcom. Vegas will be cancelled because of the horrific demos it’s currently receiving in the 18-49 key demographic, with the same reasoning for Golden Boy. However, CSI: NY on the other hand, has gone down in the total viewers and demographics I’ll admit, but, it’s the steadiest show for CBS on Fridays, and works wonders with Blue Bloods. This makes me think whether they’ll give it a final season, although to me this, sadly, is highly unlikely. Again, CBS will be wanting to try new material me thinks. The CSI franchise will come to an end after season 15, I guarantee it! :(

  • CBSviewer

    Syndication deal for CBS’s Shows:

    Hawaii Five-0 = $2.5 million per episode
    NCIS: Los Angeles = $2.2 million per episode
    The Mentalist = $2.2 million per episode
    CSI: NY = $1.9 million per episode
    2 Broke Girls = $1.7 million per episode
    CSI = $1.6 million per episode
    The Big Bang Theory = $1.5 million per episode
    Two and a Half Men = $850,000 per episode
    NCIS = $750,000 per episode
    How I Met Your Mother = $750,000 per episode
    Mike & Molly = $750,000 per episode
    Criminal Minds = $650,000

    CSI: NY syndication deal is very high (3rd on CBS because The Mentalist is not owned by them) and it certainly improves Renewal chances for the Show.

  • Mon

    Hawaii Five-0 = $2.5 million per episode

    Wow really, TNT?

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