CBS Renew/Cancel standings, week 31: ‘The Odd Couple’ is defying expectations

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CBS’ renew/cancel standings for week 31 of the 2015-16 season sees a late-season show doing better than anyone — including, apparently, the people at CBS — expected.

CBS scripted average through April 24: 1.55

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Angel from Hell (O) Canceled 1.42 0.87
Mike & Molly Final season 1.62 1.05
The Good Wife (O) Final season 1.05 0.68
CSI: Cyber (O) 😥 0.91 0.56
Rush Hour 😦😦 0.98 0.63
Code Black (O) 😦😦 1.26 0.78
Limitless (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.36 0.88
The Odd Couple (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.57 1.01
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.38 0.89
Criminal Minds (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.79 1.15
Supergirl 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.68 1.08
Life in Pieces 😀😀😀😀😀 2.0 1.27
Elementary (O) Renewed 0.98 0.63
Hawaii Five-0 (F) (O) Renewed 1.13 0.73
NCIS: Los Angeles (O) Renewed 1.31 0.85
Blue Bloods (F) (O) Renewed 1.25 0.81
Madam Secretary (O) Renewed 1.23 0.79
2 Broke Girls Renewed 1.61 1.04
Mom Renewed 1.68 1.08
Scorpion (O) Renewed 1.78 1.15
NCIS: New Orleans (O) Renewed 1.74 1.12
NCIS (O) Renewed 2.21 1.43
The Big Bang Theory Renewed 3.8 2.45

 

The way CBS scheduled “The Odd Couple’s” second season — an April premiere, then twice-weekly runs starting in early May — it sure seemed like CBS was in a hurry to fulfill its obligation and shuffle the series off the air, perhaps forever.

And then it started airing, and … it’s done reasonably well. The show’s ratings are pretty well in line with those of “2 Broke Girls” and “Mom,” both of which have been renewed. And since CBS owns “The Odd Couple,” its somewhat surprising performance earns it a bump up to likely renewal.

CBS may still be interested in pushing the show aside, but it will do so at its own peril. In this era breaking with a show that has network-average ratings is a move with a pretty small upside.

Key:

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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