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.
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.
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.
“BrainDead” premieres June 13, and “American Gothic” follows on June 22.
Currently/best case: 33.3 percent. Worst case: 55.5 percent.