CBS: 'Mom,' 'The Crazy Ones,' 'The Millers' & 'Two And A Half Men' Could All Be Renewed

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December 3rd, 2013

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2013-14 season in May, 2014. (includes results from September 16-November 27, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Hostages :oops: 0.53
Blue Bloods (F) :) :) :) :) 0.60
The Mentalist :cry: :cry: 0.61
The Good Wife :| :| :| 0.63
Hawaii Five-0 (F) :) :) :) :) 0.63
We Are Men* canceled 0.74
Elementary :) :) :) :) 0.78
CSI :) :) :) :) 0.84
Person Of Interest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.90
Mom :) :) :) :) 0.92
Two And A Half Men :) :) :) :) 0.98
Mike & Molly :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.04
The Crazy Ones :) :) :) :) 1.06
NCIS: Los Angeles :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
2 Broke Girls :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
The Millers :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.20
NCIS :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.34
How I Met Your Mother final season 1.35
The Big Bang Theory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 2.28

With We Are Men yanked after just two episodes, and How I Met Your Mother in its final season, the other three rookie CBS sitcoms all have a chance at a second season.  The Millers ratings have stayed above CBS's scripted ratings average, and Mom & The Crazy Ones ratings are close enough below that they would typically be renewed. Into that mix, there's some chance that Two And A Half Men falls to the bear in May.

CBS could keep all four of those sitcoms, and still premiere two new sitcoms next Fall if they kept Mike & Molly in reserve to fill into the slot of the first failed rookie sitcom, like this season. Given the current ratings levels of those four shows, it's at least conceivably possible all four get renewed. However, Spring often brings a bit more ratings movement which could separate the relative ratings of those four shows and cause some prediction changes.

Also, Two And A Half Men is in a blind spot of the bear's predictive ability, an old, expensive show with otherwise passable ratings. More than a few of those shows have been consumed when the bear thought they'd escape.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. 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.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2014
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2014
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2014
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2014
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2014

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 have the Renew / Cancel Index Worked Out In Past Seasons? See all the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from recent past television seasons.

  • Jon

    @toxix….that we are men pilot was the worst sitcom pilot ive seen in ten years

  • Kit

    CBS has said they wanted to get into single cams and The Crazy Ones has been well received and is doing solid ratings. I think if it holds steady they will renew it and try to find a compatible show for it.

    I’ve never watched The Millers. Why is everyone wanting its head?

  • MaryAnn

    I am really hoping that The Mentalist reboot will save the show. The first post-Red John episode feels like a totally different, fresh new show that I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • Joe

    @C Dawg

    Do you need the The Millers’ laugh track to inform you what’s funny, or are you good with fart jokes all on your own?

  • Gary

    @toXiX Sorry, don’t agree, the numbers are good, (not great), but survivable. If the numbers tay at vwhere they are,CBS will renew it.

  • Tomcatt630

    RE: Crazy 1’s

    Sarah M. Geller acts too much like ‘Buffy’ and too ‘Valley Girl’ to play a Chicago native. Also, the actor from “Old Christine” is too dorky, bland, and unlikeable.

  • Gary

    I think if any show on CBS is getting the axe on Thursday nights, it would be Two and a Half Men. The show is getting long in the tooth, like any show that has been on for a long time. But like I said earlier, I think the whole Thursday night lineup gets renewed, IF the numbers stay where they currently are. CBS is like ABC in the later seventies, cranking out hit after hit. Of the three major networks, CBS definitely looks to be in better shape than ABC and especially NBC.

  • catsrule

    what I would do for fall 2014
    7:00 60 Minutes
    8:00 The Amazing Race
    9:00 CSI
    10:00 The Good Wife

    8:00 How I Met Your Father
    8:30 2 Broke Girls
    9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
    10:00 New Drama

    8:00 NCIS
    9:00 NCIS: New Orleans
    10:00 Person of Interest

    8:00 Survivor
    9:00 Intelligence or New Drama
    10:00 Criminal Minds

    8:00 The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 New Comedy
    9:00 The Crazy Ones
    9:30 Mike and Molly
    10:00 The Mentalist

    8:00 Elementary
    9:00 Hawaii Five-O
    10:00 Blue Bloods

    8:00 Repeats
    9:00 Undercover Boss
    10:00 48 Hours

    NCIS: LA will do better than any comedy besides Big Bang would Mondays at 9:00. And it will give a better lead-in to the 10PM drama, part of what doomed Hostages was being stuck with the incompatible Mom as a lead-in. Many think The Mentalist will be cancelled but it did a lot better Thursdays at 10:00 than Elementary has. Elementary would tank really hard in the Sunday death slot.

  • Ultima

    9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles

    The last time CBS didn’t have a sitcom in the Monday 9pm hour it was because they hadn’t been invented yet. ;)

  • Randy

    If I were CBS, I would probably cancel The Crazy Ones over Two & Half Men. I personally though watch the Crazy Ones instead of the other. Though, the Crazy Ones to me is really not that funny. It’s feels more like a drama than a comedy show. What I’m looking at to determine that is that Two & Half Men last year was constant in it’s ratings. Wikipedia says about 12, 11, etc for about every week. This year, the first episode was 11, and than now it’s 9, & 8. I think that Crazy Ones is not doing it’s job, and people are not tuning into the whole hour because they don’t like both shows.

    Now, cbs might be stupid and say that Two & Half Men is just going downhill, but when in fact I think the lead-in is hurting the show. People often might say about people being “lazy” about changing the channel, but when you have a show that is a 1/2 hour, it’s hard to find another show to fill in that other 1/2 hour that is on another channel. For instance, for me I watch Goldbergs which is at 8pm, and than just don’t watch any 8:30 shows. A lot of people rather have a full hour of shows.

    As weird as it may sound, I think forget ONE replacement show next year, and just make more Big Bang Theory episodes. Go from 24 to 32, and expand the timeslot to a hour (2 ep). The reruns alone of the Big Bang Theory do so much better than most of the other tv shows on any network.

  • Kit

    Two And A Half men was pulling high 3s and low 4s last season behind BBT and high 4s on Mondays. I think they should move it back to Mondays or behind BBT. It already has proven it will retain more than The Millers.

  • Jim Hadley

    Anybody surprised by “Hostages” failure? Clue, it’s glaring from the first episode second half of the show. Bring back CSI NY and or Miami.

  • Andrew

    The fact that The Millers has excellecnt ratings makes me cringe. That show isnt funny. Two and a Half Men sucks that will be gone this year or next year. Lets all just think about how The Crazy Ones would be cancelled already if Robin Williams wasnt in it.

  • Pwizzle

    Keep Hawaii Five-O , Person of interest and Elementary and I’m
    Good ..

  • Craig

    starting to think Zap2it has something against The Good Wife. kept telling us last year there wouldn’t be a fifth season, and the drama comes back better than ever…

  • MJDB

    The deal with Two and a Half Men is that simply it has declined in quality. It used to be a hilarious show, and just the writers really sadly don’t have much to write anymore. I respect them for continuing the series after Sheen left, and for not giving up. In the show’s reboot, a lot of the material has worked, but a lot of if failed as well. If they decide to bring it back for one more season, for the final season, I want them to do it right. I want the original cast back on again: Judith, Herb, Evelyn, Rose, Jake, and being too hopeful Charlie back. I also want Jon Cryer’s role to be strengthened, as he is the show’s greatest asset along with how Charlie used to be. Let’s find a way to make this show the best again.-A dedicated fan of Two and a Half Men.

  • janice

    I for one think the millers should not be given another chance. It’s a FLOP.
    ABC has shown retention accounts for something when it cancelled SFN over the lower rated comedies. Neworks are not stupid (most of the time) if it gets 2ish ratings right after the BIGGEST LEAD-IN on network TV imagine what it would do on its own. If CBS renews it it’ll be stuck with their own personal BATB for next season. But of course they’ll renew it because “you don’t cancel shows with 2.4 ratings”. MORONS. In comparison I believe The crazy ones has much better ratings (and i’m not rooting for any of those shows since I don’t watch CBS comedies)

  • Networkman

    I really think it may be time for CBS to try The Big Bang Theory @9pm on Thursday. Move it back an hour later and give a new drama @10pm the chance of succeeding. It may pull in even higher numbers at a later timeslot. The 8pm hour on Thursday is rather weak so they could put their moderate successful shows in that timeslot.

    7pm 60 Minutes
    8pm The Amazing Race
    9pm Elementary
    10pm The Mentalist(15 Final episodes)/The Good Wife(15 Final episodes)

    8pm *How I Met Your Father
    8:30pm 2 Broke Girls
    9pm Mike & Molly
    9:30 The Millers
    10pm Intelligence

    8pm NCIS
    9pm *NCIS:NO
    10pm Person of Interest

    8pm Survivor
    9pm NCIS:LA
    10pm Criminal Minds

    8pm The Crazy Ones
    8:30pm *Taxi 22
    9pm The Big Bang Theory
    9:30pm MOM
    10pm *Generation Next

    8pm Hawaii Five-0
    9pm CSI
    10pm Blue Bloods

    2 New Comedies and 2 New Dramas. Undercover Boss held to midseason, possible replacement for The Amazing Race.

    HIMYM and Two & A Half Men cancelled.

  • Networkman

    Since I would have The Good Wife premiere in February, I would have its final season consist of 13 episodes. That would bring its final total to 125 over 6 seasons. That is not bad. I would have The Mentalist air during Football. It’s final season would have 16 episodes, airing its series finale at the end of January. It’s total episode count would be 154 episodes which averages out to the usual 22 episodes per season.

  • Ashley

    7:00 60 Minutes
    8:00 The Amazing Race
    9:00 CSI (new night & time)
    10:00 The Good Wife

    8:00 How I Met Your Dad (new comedy)
    8:30 2 Broke Girls
    9:00 Mike & Molly
    9:30 The Millers (new night & time)
    10:00 Intelligence (season two) or NCIS: New Orleans (new drama)

    8:00 NCIS
    9:00 NCIS: LA
    10:00 Person of Interest

    8:00 Survivor
    9:00 Criminal Minds
    10:00 Vice (new drama) or NCIS: New Orleans (new drama)

    8:00 The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 Mom (new night & time)
    9:00 The Crazy Ones
    9:30 Two and a Half Men
    10:00 Elementary

    8:00 Charmed (new drama) / Undercover Boss
    9:00 Hawaii Five-0
    10:00 Blue Bloods

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