CBS: 'Intelligence' Is Certain To Be Canceled

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January 21st, 2014

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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 December 30, 2013 - January 19, 2014):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Hostages* :oops: 0.46
Blue Bloods (F) :) :) :) :) 0.62
Hawaii Five-0 (F) :) :) :) :) 0.67
The Good Wife :| :| :| 0.69
The Mentalist :cry: :cry: 0.73
We Are Men* canceled 0.74
Intelligence :oops: 0.77
Elementary :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.82
Person Of Interest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.86
CSI :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.86
The Crazy Ones :) :) :) :) 0.95
Mom :) :) :) :) 0.95
Two And A Half Men :) :) :) :) 0.99
Mike & Molly :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.03
NCIS: Los Angeles :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.03
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.03
2 Broke Girls :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.16
NCIS :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.29
How I Met Your Mother final season 1.29
The Millers :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.31
The Big Bang Theory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 2.39

Intelligence's Tuesday 9pm premiere ratings were hopeful. Unfortunately, the show's Monday 10pm time period premiere ratings dropped by 50%, well below the survival level for a CBS rookie drama. No need for the bear to wait to make the call, Intelligence is certain to be canceled. (Note: This was written and posted before the ratings for 1/20 were available).

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: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

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(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

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  • lll

    And dare I say that bear looks hungry.

  • Dan

    My guess is that CBS should air Intelligence repeat free (allowing all 13 episodes to air through March 31. At that time they could schedule the remaining 6 Unforgettable episodes Mondays at 10 and that will air through May and then they can premiere the new season in late June early/July.

    They have a 13 episode drama Reckless which they could either air in Undercover Boss’s slot in March when it ends or they could hold in until summmer. Either way it has little chance to survive. My guess seemed accurate that no new drama will be renewed from this season and next season CBS should move Elementary, Person of Interest or even CSI to Mondays at 10, and schedule a new drama in one of those slots.

    Ass for comedies I would say keep the 2 hour slots and if FWBL flops do something like this for next season

    8:00 How I Met Your Dad
    8:30 2 Broke Girls
    9:00 Mike & Molly
    9:30 Mom

    Have the HIMYM spinoff lead the night and leave the rest of the night as is

    8:00 The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 New Comedy
    9:00 Two and a Half Men
    9:30 The Millers

    Keep Big Bang at 8 and have it lead into a new comedy, then move Two and a Half Men up to 9 and Millers at 9:30.

    Have 2 new comedies for fall and maybe 1 or 2 for midseason.

    I believe The Crazy Ones will e cancelled since its owned by FOX and more expensive than the other comedies. The Millers will be renewed and Men will likely be for a final season.

    In terms of shows cancelled/ending my guess is The Mentalist, The Good Wife, HIMYM (already ending), The Crazy Ones, FWBL, Reckless, Intelligence, and Hostages. Reckless and FWBL havent premiered yet but CBS hasnt renewed a midseason drama or comedy since 2006 and 2007 respectively.

  • KJ Styles

    Sucks for Intelligence. It’s the best rookie drama of the season IMO. Blacklist is overrated, it only draws big ratings because it’s led in by The Voice, and Agents Of Shield is meh. If they move Blacklist next year it’ll do Revolution numbers at best.

    I also hope The Crazy Ones gets renewed. Besides Brooklyn Nine Nine it’s been the only good rookie comedy of the season thus far.

    I think Mom is a terrible show, and Two & A Half Men has been unwatchable since they got rid of Charlie Sheen. The Millers is a bad show too but being led in by TBBT will get it renewed unfortunately.

  • gerry

    good bye intelligence!

    good bye mentalist!

    hello s6 of the good wife!

  • Bob

    I love CBS so much. This is the best network and is managed much better than other networks. Sure they have a few low points on the schedule, but overall they have a huge success that makes it much more difficult to cancel shows. I sincerely hope they renew “The Crazy Ones”. It is a really good show. The Good Wife for at least a shortened season. Get rid of 2 1/2 Men for sure. Move the Millers so that it has to perform on their own.

  • KJ Styles

    The Millers will tank if it’s moved to Mondays next year (and chances are it will be).

    I think only one of The Good Wife or The Mentalist will be cancelled. The problem with cancelling both is that CBS would then have to either move two veteran shows to Sunday, or one veteran and debut a new show on Sunday. I don’t see either of those happening. One of them will be renewed (most likely The Good Wife).

  • Spen B

    Intelligence ratings: 2.4, 1.2, 1.1
    Golden Boy ratings: 1.8, 1.6, 1.0 (aired on Friday), 1.5, 1.7…

    Intelligence is doing considerably worse than Golden Boy.

  • Greg

    CBS has scheduled The Good Wife and The Mentalist’s return for March 9, which means only 8 and 9 Sundays left for both respectively. Both have 10 episodes left, so I’m thinking CBS will try some special airings of those two, maybe on Mondays at 10 or Fridays at 8.

    I remember CBS tried one episode of The Mentalist on Fridays a few seasons ago and it did really well, so we’ll see.

  • Norma

    The last new episode of “Mom” is not included here yet, but it dropped down to a 1.9 yesterday(tying it’s series low) while “The Crazy Ones” and “Two and a Half Men” both had a 2.4 for their last ep. This COULD be the beginning of a separation between them…with “Mom” on the losing end. Personally I’m loving “The Crazy Ones” so I hope that’s the case.

  • Jeff (Canada)


    March 9/16/23/30
    April 6/13/20/27
    May 4/11/18/25

    That’s 12 Sundays, more than enough time for 8 or 9 episodes.

  • Ultima

    CBS has scheduled The Good Wife and The Mentalist’s return for March 9, which means only 8 and 9 Sundays left for both respectively. Both have 10 episodes left, so I’m thinking CBS will try some special airings of those two, maybe on Mondays at 10 or Fridays at 8.

    From 9 March until the end of the season is 11 Sundays; CBS will have ten episodes each of The Good Wife and The Mentalist, as well as ten hours of The Amazing Race and the ACM Awards.

    It’s not hard to figure out how they’re going to schedule Sunday.

    Survivor’s finale will most likely be on the final (Wednesday) night of the season, which will result in the usual 15 hours plus reunion.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Greg

    I’m thinking CBS will try some special airings of those two, maybe on Mondays at 10 or Fridays at 8.

    Possible. CBS can also order a two-hour finale for The Good Wife and air it on April 27 (which is likely considering the last two seasons ended in April). The Mentalist also gets a two-hour (or back-to-back) finale and air through May 4 or May 11 (depending on The Amazing Race).

    I remember CBS tried one episode of The Mentalist on Fridays a few seasons ago and it did really well, so we’ll see.

    The Mentalist had a special airing on March 8, 2012. It aired on Friday at 9 and got a 1.8 and 11.34 million viewers (almost CSI: NY’s numbers).

  • Dan

    For those saying Intelligence could move to Fridays at 8, its possible for March when UB ends so Reckless could premiere Mondays at 10, however I’m not sure how CBS feels about 3 rookies sharing the Monday 10pm slot especially by March when The Voice returns and The Blacklist will have more viewers.

    My guess is that CBS just airs Intelligence out Mondays at 10 repeat free through March 31 and air the remaining Unforgettable episodes in that Monday slot. At this point instead of throwing Reckless under the bus, CBS may as well just make it a summer series. That way they dont have to cancel it by May and they could just cancel it in Aug or Sept.

    Any way these episodes air we know that Hostages, Intelligence, Reckless, and The Mentalist wont be back next season. The Good Wife has a sliver of a chance for a proper final season.

    @Bob – The Crazy Ones wont be renewed. Its owned by FOX so no syndication for CBS, its doing below average and even with Two and a Half Men which has a better chance at a final season for syndication. Plus its expensive due to its single camera aspect and the fact that Robin Williams is the star.

  • Dan

    I dont think there will be a special airing of The Good Wife or Mentalist on Mondays. CBS has Reckless (13 episodes) and Unforgettable (6 episodes) that could air Fridays and Mondays respectively once Undercover Boss and Intelligence finish their runs.

  • Greg


    “[…]as well as TEN hours of The Amazing Race[…]”

    No, The Amazing Race has always 12 episodes each season. I haven’t read anything about CBS reducing this upcoming season, so I’m assuming that hasn’t changed.

    CBS has 11 Sundays left, which includes one for the ACM Awards (April 06) and one for the Survivor finale (May 18). Not to mention The Amazing Race’s finale (probably May 11), which’s always from 8 to 10pm, which means no The Good Wife for that week. That leaves exactly 8 weeks for The Good Wife and 9 for The Mentalist.


    Not sure a two-hour finale would work because it would fall in the same day as The Amazing Race’s two-hour finale. But maybe they could just air two episodes back-to-back in another week and try only one show for three weeks on Mondays at 10 or Fridays at 8.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Dan

    The Crazy Ones wont be renewed.

    The Crazy Ones averages 2.4 and 9.34 million viewers while Mom averages 2.1 and 7.39 million viewers.
    Plus,The Crazy Ones is less lead-in dependent than The Millers and it’s the opportunity for CBS to start an hour of single cam Comedies.

  • Glen

    CBS totally has hung Intelligence out to dry. Hostages ruined that time slot. Now they expect Intelligence to pull the nose up. They’re missing the boat. They have a huge hole in the schedule on Wednesdays at 8. They could do much better there against a weak Revolution, a declining American Idol and so-so competition from The Middle and Suburgatory. Monday is a lost cause, put specials and reruns of sitcoms there. Everyone else is watching Blacklist and Castle. Intelligence is a really good show and has tons of potential. But giving it the worst spot on the schedule is not fair. If they’re so worried about that time slot, then put Good Wife there (since everyone thinks its soooo good) and move Intelligence to Sundays at 9. Just spit-balling.

  • Greg


    I definitely think either Unforgettable or Reckless will have to air on one of the timeslots, but certainly not both. They’re just quick fixes so they don’t have to air only reruns for the rest of the season, but they’ll both fail either on Mondays or Fridays.

    Since Undercover Boss is ending before Intelligence and since no new show that CBS has tried on Fridays at 8 has ever worked, then I think Unforgettable should air on Fridays at 8. Reckless is probably getting burnt off on summer.

  • Holly


    They could do much better there against a weak Revolution, a declining American Idol and so-so competition from The Middle and Suburgatory.

    I believe that “huge hole” is better known as “Survivor’s time slot”

  • diana

    I would watch Intelligence if it weren’t up against Castle. Bad timeslot!

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