CBS 2015-16 failure factor: More stability and one pretty big surprise


CBS had a pretty decent track record with its new shows in 2014-15, renewing six of its nine new scripted shows (with at least four surviving after this season, plus “Zoo” coming in the summer). The recently completed 2015-16 season is shaping up similarly.

Here’s a look at how CBS’ new scripted shows did in 2015-16.

See also: Failure factor: How bad was 2015-16 for new shows?

Renewed: 4, with an asterisk

“Code Black,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Life in Pieces” will all be back on CBS next season, with “Life in Pieces” holding the distinction of being the top-rated new comedy of the season (2.0 adults 18-49, live + same-day). “Code Black” and “Beyond Borders” were both bubble shows but made it through.

“Supergirl” was also renewed, but it’s not staying on CBS. The Warner Bros.-produced series is moving to The CW, which CBS and Warner Bros. jointly own.

Canceled: 3

Comedy “Angel from Hell” got a quick hook in the winter, lasting only five episodes. “Rush Hour” started low and stayed low in the spring. The inclusion of “Limitless” on this side of the ledger is a bit of a surprise. It was owned by CBS Studios and seemed right within the CBS procedural wheelhouse. Fading ratings in the back half of the season, however, probably sealed its doom.

TBD: 2

“BrainDead” premieres June 13, and “American Gothic” follows on June 22.

Failure rate

Currently/best case: 33.3 percent. Worst case: 55.5 percent.

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