Here are CBS’ renew/cancel standings for week 1 of 2017-18, which aren’t great for a veteran series.

Show Status 18-49 rating
Renew/Cancel Index
Scorpion (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.0 0.3
NCIS: New Orleans (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.0 0.3
NCIS: Los Angeles (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.3 0.6
Criminal Minds (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.3 0.6
Wisdom of the Crowd 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.3 0.6
SEAL Team (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.5 0.8
Me, Myself & I 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.6 0.9
MacGyver (F) (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 0.8 0.44
Bull (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.3 0.6
Hawaii Five-0 (F) (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.0 0.73
Blue Bloods (F) (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.1 0.87
NCIS (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.6 0.9
Kevin Can Wait (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 2.3 1.6
Young Sheldon 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 3.8 3.1
The Big Bang Theory Renewed 4.1 3.4

 

“Scorpion” was a beneficiary of the Third Season Rule in 2016-17, and that was probably a good thing. The show was right at CBS’ scripted average of 1.2, but it was also down by a third from the prior season.

This season started no better — worse, in fact. “Scorpion’s” 1.0 tied “NCIS: New Orleans” for CBS’ worst rating of premiere week, and it’s 40 percent below the network’s week 1 average.

The network number will come down as the season progresses. But the show’s rating probably will too. “Scorpion” is a tossup for now, but the Bear has his eye on it. The show better hope some other series struggle even more.

Key:

DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
🐻 sure bet to be canceled by May 2018
🐻 🐻 likely to be canceled by May 2018
🐻 🐻 🐻 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2018
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 likely to be renewed by May 2018
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 sure bet to be renewed by May 2018

 

The Renew/Cancel Index is the amount above (or below) a replacement-level rating — i.e., the expected adults 18-49 rating of an emergency fill-in show should a series be canceled. For the 2016-17 season, replacement level is a 0.7 same-day rating in adults 18-49 for the Big 4 networks and a 0.2 for The CW. (Read more here.) The index number is taken by subtracting 0.7 (or 0.2) from a show’s average same-day rating.

Friday scripted shows (denoted with an “F” above) on the Big 4 have average ratings about 30 percent lower than those of other nights, therefore their ratings are multiplied by 1.43 (1/0.7, or 70 percent) before subtracting the replacement-level number. Any scripted show on Saturdays will use the same formula.

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

(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.

Posted by:The Cancel Bear

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