Reign January 23Bubble Watch  correctly forecasted Reign’s renewal.

The CW stays hip and edgy… by renewing their hits early like clockwork

Reign, Arrow, The Originals, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries were all renewed by The CW this week. The only borderline surprise was that Reign would get an early renewal, but The CW tipped their hand when they let Reign keep The Vampire Diaries lead-in for the entire season.

Those jumping to make assumptions about the rest of The CW’s shows shouldn’t. Despite only airing 10 hours per week (and therefore renewing literally half their schedule), The CW’s schedule is still the most fluid of them all going into pilot season. On one extreme, the traditional three new shows in Fall, an effectively airing-in-Fall America’s Next Top Model, and a standard-22-episodes-for-syndication renewal of Hart of Dixie would mean The CW would be done with renewals for the season. On the other extreme, a scheduled-for-Summer ANTM, a Hart of Dixie that does so disastrously on Fridays this Spring that it gets a partial or no Season 4 order, and a pilot crop that turns out so poorly The CW only airs two new shows in Fall would mean The CW would renew three or more of The 100, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People, and The Carrie Diaries. It is just too early to say with any certainty, though at this point I believe Hart of Dixie gets a normal episode count renewal and The CW renews one other show, probably The 100.

While I find most of the CBS vs. WB at The CW theories to be overstated (the internal division of the schedule only seems to matter as an extreme tie-breaker), it is worth pointing out that Reign was the only CBS show out of the five renewed. Those who are wondering “Isn’t Reign just this year’s Beauty and the Beast, getting good but not great numbers after The Vampire Diaries, losing that lead-in for Season 2, and collapsing to the point where an effectively two season renewal is ruled out?”… stop using next year’s material already!

CBS Shuffles the Thursday Disappointments

CBS is swapping The Crazy Ones and Two and a Half Men after The Olympics. I think there are two goals here. The first is to simply improve the raw ratings of the night (I don’t think Elementary will fall much further regardless of what comedy is the lead-in). The second is that (in my opinion) the only way Two and a Half Men is renewable at anything approaching its current price tag is as an anchor for an hour, and CBS needs some data points before they can even think about making that renewal.

(I’ve also seen it mentioned that this will help Bad Teacher, taking over once The Crazy Ones runs through its episodes in late April. Personally, that doesn’t pass the smell test, as there is no reason to expect Two and a Half Men will jump up to be a better lead-in than The Millers).

While I said last week that I don’t predict the competition will change their scheduling much due to Thursday Night Football games airing on CBS (sure, there’s some audience that will watch a terrible, say, Cleveland -Jacksonville game just because it is on broadcast vs. whatever airs on Fox, but I don’t see any good way to model what audience that would be), the network most likely to change their scheduling due to TNF is actually CBS. There’s no reason for CBS to shuffle around The Big Bang Theory to promote two nights of existing shows, especially comedies as mediocrely rated as most of their lineup, and with The Millers all but guaranteed to get one more try (in an undoubtedly rougher timeslot) next year, at least one of Mom and The Crazy Ones will get the axe to make room for new shows.

I would point out that in a strictly head-to-head sense, The Crazy Ones was winning between the two of them. Its average for the season is almost two tenths higher than Mom’s, and of the ten weeks where they have both aired new episodes, The Crazy Ones came in higher seven times. (Two of Mom’s victories were due to the halo of HIMYM’s 200th episode, and The Crazy Ones (but not Mom) airing opposite the Olympics).

That said, I am moving The Crazy Ones to ‘Cancellation Predicted’, as it is losing the war. The Crazy Ones has dropped recently when there are any other options in the timeslot, and the mid-April end date sets off alarm bells. (And again, it doesn’t have the Chuck Lorre name attached.) There’s no guarantee Mom will be renewed, especially if CBS pays for another season of Two and a Half Men, but that uncertainty doesn’t help The Crazy Ones when CBS has every reason and opportunity to try new comedies in bulk next season.

Fighting for Silver

The Winter Olympics’ scheduling has always been problematic for the rest of the networks, as it arrives smack dab in the middle of February sweeps. This time around, the networks have aired more original episodes opposite the Games, most likely hoping to counteract the relentless downward trend of broadcast TV on their sweeps averages. Interestingly, the results are all over the place – the high end and the low end (The Big Bang Theory and Killer Women) were flat vs. their last non-Olympics showing, while most of the middle posted two or three tenths losses compared to their last airing.

Whether those losses are permanent is the question. There are few recent historical data points to go by: 24 lost half a demo point that never returned after the Olympics were over. Lost dropped about half a demo point when the Olympics started… and then dropped another half a demo point after the Olympics ended, as it again aired opposite normal programming on the rest of the networks.

So how these shows bounce back will be extremely interesting to watch. My guess is 2018 sees more first-run airings opposite the Olympics than we’ve seen in decades – but of only the mega-hits (that can withstand the Olympics) and the dead shows walking (where any long-term losses are irrelevant).

Note: only scripted shows that have aired at least one episode this season are in the table below.

Show Network Status
Back In The Game ABC Canceled
Lucky 7 ABC Canceled
How I Met Your Mother CBS Final Season
We Are Men CBS Canceled
Nikita CW Final Season Finished
American Dad Fox Moving to TBS
Ironside NBC Canceled
The Michael J. Fox Show NBC Canceled
Sean Saves The World NBC Canceled
Welcome To The Family NBC Canceled
Betrayal ABC Cancellation Predicted
Killer Women ABC Cancellation Predicted
Nashville ABC Cancellation Predicted
The Neighbors ABC Cancellation Predicted
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland ABC Cancellation Predicted
Suburgatory ABC Cancellation Predicted
Super Fun Night ABC Cancellation Predicted
Trophy Wife ABC Cancellation Predicted
The Crazy Ones CBS Cancellation Predicted
The Good Wife CBS Cancellation Predicted
Hostages CBS Cancellation Predicted
Intellignce CBS Cancellation Predicted
The Mentalist CBS Cancellation Predicted
Beauty & The Beast CW Cancellation Predicted
The Carrie Diaries CW Cancellation Predicted
The Tomorrow People CW Cancellation Predicted
Almost Human Fox Cancellation Predicted
Dads Fox Cancellation Predicted
Enlisted Fox Cancellation Predicted
The Mindy Project Fox Cancellation Predicted
Raising Hope Fox Cancellation Predicted
Rake Fox Cancellation Predicted
Community NBC Cancellation Predicted
Dracula NBC Cancellation Predicted
Parenthood NBC Cancellation Predicted
Revolution NBC Cancellation Predicted
Mom CBS On The Bubble
Two and a Half Men CBS On The Bubble
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fox On The Bubble
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC Renewal Predicted
Castle ABC Renewal Predicted
The Goldbergs ABC Renewal Predicted
Grey’s Anatomy ABC Renewal Predicted
Last Man Standing ABC Renewal Predicted
The Middle ABC Renewal Predicted
Modern Family ABC Renewal Predicted
Once Upon a Time ABC Renewal Predicted
Revenge ABC Renewal Predicted
Scandal ABC Renewal Predicted
The Big Bang Theory CBS Renewal Predicted
Blue Bloods CBS Renewal Predicted
Criminal Minds CBS Renewal Predicted
CSI CBS Renewal Predicted
Elementary CBS Renewal Predicted
Hawaii Five-0 CBS Renewal Predicted
Mike & Molly CBS Renewal Predicted
The Millers CBS Renewal Predicted
NCIS CBS Renewal Predicted
NCIS: LA CBS Renewal Predicted
Person of Interest CBS Renewal Predicted
2 Broke Girls CBS Renewal Predicted
Hart of Dixie CW Renewal Predicted
Family Guy Fox Renewal Predicted
The Following Fox Renewal Predicted
The New Girl Fox Renewal Predicted
Chicago Fire NBC Renewal Predicted
Chicago PD NBC Renewal Predicted
Grimm NBC Renewal Predicted
Law & Order: SVU NBC Renewal Predicted
Parks & Recreation NBC Renewal Predicted
Arrow CW Renewed
The Originals CW Renewed
Reign CW Renewed
Supernatural CW Renewed
The Vampire Diaries CW Renewed
Bob’s Burgers Fox Renewed
Bones Fox Renewed
Glee Fox Renewed
The Simpsons Fox Renewed
Sleepy Hollow Fox Renewed
The Blacklist NBC Renewed

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