CBS Renew/Cancel standings, week 29: ‘Limitless’ moves back into safe territory


CBS’ renew/cancel standings for week 29 of the 2015-16 season moves a show that has faltered in the latter part of the season back into the “likely renewal” category.

CBS scripted average through April 10: 1.56

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Angel from Hell (O) Canceled 1.42 0.87
Mike & Molly Final season 1.62 1.04
The Good Wife (O) Final season 1.05 0.67
CSI: Cyber (O) 😥 0.91 0.56
Rush Hour 😦😦 1 0.64
Code Black (O) 😐😐😐 1.26 0.78
Limitless (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.39 0.89
The Odd Couple (O) 😐😐😐 1.5 0.96
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.36 0.87
Criminal Minds (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.79 1.15
Supergirl 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.72 1.10
Life in Pieces 😀😀😀😀😀 2.0 1.27
Elementary (O) Renewed 1.01 0.65
Hawaii Five-0 (F) (O) Renewed 1.14 0.73
NCIS: Los Angeles (O) Renewed 1.33 0.85
Blue Bloods (F) (O) Renewed 1.25 0.80
Madam Secretary (O) Renewed 1.24 0.79
2 Broke Girls Renewed 1.61 1.03
Mom Renewed 1.69 1.08
Scorpion (O) Renewed 1.8 1.15
NCIS: New Orleans (O) Renewed 1.75 1.12
NCIS (O) Renewed 2.23 1.43
The Big Bang Theory Renewed 3.83 2.46


“Limitless” didn’t do anything special last week, drawing a 1.1 rating as it has for three of its past four episodes. Yet it gets a bump back into safe territory, because really, what else is CBS going to do?

The show is CBS’ No. 2 first-year drama this season, behind “Supergirl” and now just slightly above “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” It’s produced by CBS Studios. Although it has faded a good amount in the second half of the season, it has still put up decent-for-2016 numbers.

That adds up to a likely renewal.


DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
😥 sure bet to be canceled by May 2016
😦😦 likely to be canceled by May 2016
😐😐😐 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2016
🙂🙂🙂🙂 likely to be renewed by May 2016
😀😀😀😀😀 sure bet to be renewed by May 2016

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show’s new episode adults 18-49 ratings to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its 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. Why live+same-day ratings? Because they correlate very closely with the rarely disclosed C3 ratings (viewing of commercials within three days of air), which are the basis for most ad deals.

Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.

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

(O) – Owned: All other things equal, shows owned by studios affiliated with their networks have a better shot at renewal than those from outside producers.

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