Bubble Watch: Stronger Belief in 'Resurrection' Than 'Believe' + CBS Renewals Bad News for 'The Mentalist'

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March 16th, 2014

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CBS Renews Its Slate

Earlier this week, Les Moonves said he expected only “two new comedies and two new dramas” to join the Fall schedule. The most likely scheduling for that – Intelligence, The Mentalist, & The Crazy Ones canceled, with How I Met Your Mother ending, and everything else coming back – was obvious, and on Thursday CBS renewed everything but those shows.

The only thing approaching a surprise was The Good Wife. The show is past the 100 episode “bonus” for syndication, the cable syndication airings were pulled almost instantly, and its average is actually slightly below The Mentalist‘s, despite airing in a higher viewing hour (it was predictably hammered this week opposite the premieres of Cosmos and Resurrection). Unlike The Mentalist, though, The Good Wife is CBS owned, and when CBS couldn’t replace one drama hour this season, it seems impossible that they would attempt to replace three hours at once next season.

(There is chatter that Two and a Half Men may be getting a shorter, final (for now) season, suggesting that costs are indeed an issue.)

Resurrection Revives ABC?

Resurrection premiered extremely well, coming in as tied for the #3 freshman premiere of the season. (Then again, #2 on that list was the conspicuously not-renewed The Crazy Ones.) Shows dealing with spirituality have a decidedly mixed record recently on broadcast TV – initial numbers can either by heavenly (Touched by an Angel, Joan of Arcadia) or hellish (Save Me, The Book of Daniel), though few survive into syndication. (Clearly, it seems like a straight drama is the best approach when dealing with already tricky subject matter.)

Given that ABC’s season has produced just the 2-ish Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the mid 1s The Goldbergs, it seems unlikely that Resurrection will drop to the point where it will be in danger in the less than two months before the upfronts, so I’ve put it in the “Renewal Predicted” pile, but I will advise you to keep an eye on the ratings, given the difficulties with the genre.

Only Doubts About Believe

Believe premiered to the same rating The Blacklist did last week after The Voice. While that isn’t a bad rating, it is down almost 30% from The Blacklist’s premiere in the fall, the show won’t have The Voice as a lead-in after tonight, and Sundays are getting increasingly competitive. I’ve left it “On the Bubble” until I see the ratings for at least one airing under normal scheduling.

All Hope is Lost

This week Fox formally canceled Raising Hope. While that outcome hasn’t been in doubt since its first airing on Fridays this season, it was nice of Fox to at least spin that inevitability in a good light, rather than burying the news at the upfronts.

I would again point out that with Raising Hope ending, Back In The Game canceled, and Enlisted soon to join them, The Middle is left as one of the few “working class” shows on broadcast. Whether advertiser preferences, audience escapism, or some combination of other factors is at work, broadcast continues to stay away from lower-income settings.

Tom Shaw is a computer programmer from Milwaukee, WI. Bereft of Lost theories to argue about, he's spent too much time attempting to figure out the TV industry.

Save yourself from hibernating bears! Direct your criticisms to @tvtomshaw instead!

Note: only scripted shows that have aired at least one episode this season are in the table below

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Show Network Status
Back In The Game ABC Canceled
Lucky 7 ABC Canceled
How I Met Your Mother CBS Final Season
We Are Men CBS Canceled
Nikita CW Final Season Finished
American Dad Fox Moving to TBS
Raising Hope Fox Canceled
Ironside NBC Canceled
The Michael J. Fox Show NBC Canceled
Sean Saves The World NBC Canceled
Welcome To The Family NBC Canceled
Betrayal ABC Cancellation Predicted
Killer Women ABC Cancellation Predicted
Mind Games ABC Cancellation Predicted
Mixology ABC Cancellation Predicted
Nashville ABC Cancellation Predicted
The Neighbors ABC Cancellation Predicted
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland ABC Cancellation Predicted
Suburgatory ABC Cancellation Predicted
Super Fun Night ABC Cancellation Predicted
Trophy Wife ABC Cancellation Predicted
The Crazy Ones CBS Cancellation Predicted
Hostages CBS Cancellation Predicted
Intelligence CBS Cancellation Predicted
The Mentalist CBS Cancellation Predicted
Beauty & The Beast CW Cancellation Predicted
The Carrie Diaries CW Cancellation Predicted
Star-Crossed CW Cancellation Predicted
The Tomorrow People CW Cancellation Predicted
Almost Human Fox Cancellation Predicted
Dads Fox Cancellation Predicted
Enlisted Fox Cancellation Predicted
Rake Fox Cancellation Predicted
Community NBC Cancellation Predicted
Dracula NBC Cancellation Predicted
Parenthood NBC Cancellation Predicted
Revolution NBC Cancellation Predicted
Believe NBC On The Bubble
Growing Up Fisher NBC On The Bubble
Hannibal NBC On The Bubble
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC Renewal Predicted
Castle ABC Renewal Predicted
The Goldbergs ABC Renewal Predicted
Grey's Anatomy ABC Renewal Predicted
Last Man Standing ABC Renewal Predicted
The Middle ABC Renewal Predicted
Modern Family ABC Renewal Predicted
Once Upon A Time ABC Renewal Predicted
Resurrection ABC Renewal Predicted
Revenge ABC Renewal Predicted
Scandal ABC Renewal Predicted
Hart Of Dixie CW Renewal Predicted
Family Guy Fox Renewal Predicted
About a Boy NBC Renewal Predicted
Chicago Fire NBC Renewal Predicted
Chicago PD NBC Renewal Predicted
Grimm NBC Renewal Predicted
Law & Order: SVU NBC Renewal Predicted
Parks & Recreation NBC Renewal Predicted
The Big Bang Theory CBS Renewed
Blue Bloods CBS Renewed
Criminal Minds CBS Renewed
CSI CBS Renewed
Elementary CBS Renewed
The Good Wife CBS Renewed
Hawaii Five-0 CBS Renewed
Mike & Molly CBS Renewed
The Millers CBS Renewed
Mom CBS Renewed
NCIS CBS Renewed
NCIS: LA CBS Renewed
Person Of Interest CBS Renewed
Two and a Half Men CBS Renewed
2 Broke Girls CBS Renewed
Arrow CW Renewed
The Originals CW Renewed
Reign CW Renewed
Supernatural CW Renewed
The Vampire Diaries CW Renewed
Bob's Burgers Fox Renewed
Bones Fox Renewed
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fox Renewed
The Following Fox Renewed
Glee Fox Renewed
The Mindy Project Fox Renewed
New Girl Fox Renewed
The Simpsons Fox Renewed
Sleepy Hollow Fox Renewed
The Blacklist NBC Renewed

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