CBS’ renew/cancel standings for week 28 of the 2016-17 season have a first-year comedy in safe territory.

Here are the standings, and here’s an explanation of the Bear’s methodology.

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Elementary (O) 🐻 🐻 0.67 -0.03
Pure Genius Canceled 0.85 0.15
Doubt (O) Canceled 0.7 0.0
Training Day 🐻 0.75 0.05
Code Black (O) 🐻 🐻 0.97 0.27
The Odd Couple (O) 🐻 🐻 1.01 0.31
Ransom (Sat.) 🐻 🐻 0.43 -0.09
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (O) 🐻 🐻 0.88 0.18
Life in Pieces Renewed 1.29 0.59
Criminal Minds (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.39 0.69
Blue Bloods (F) (O) Renewed 1.19 1.00
Hawaii Five-0 (F) (O) Renewed 1.2 1.02
MacGyver (F) (O) Renewed 1.1 0.87
Mom Renewed 1.44 0.74
NCIS: Los Angeles (O) Renewed 1.37 0.67
2 Broke Girls 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.33 0.63
Man with a Plan (O) Renewed 1.3 0.6
Superior Donuts (O) Renewed 1.28 0.58
Bull (O) Renewed 1.5 0.8
The Great Indoors (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.49 0.79
Kevin Can Wait (O) Renewed 1.70 1.00
The Big Bang Theory Renewed 3.23 2.53
Madam Secretary (O) Renewed 0.94 0.24
NCIS: New Orleans (O) Renewed 1.2 0.5
Scorpion (O) Renewed 1.21 0.51
NCIS (O) Renewed 1.79 1.09


One of the more head-scratching exclusions from CBS’ long list of renewals a couple weeks ago was “The Great Indoors.” The odds here still have it as a likely renewal.

True, the comedy hasn’t been great at retaining its “Big Bang Theory” lead-in, typically losing about half the 18-49 audience. That’s on par with what “Life in Pieces” did in the post-“Big Bang” slot last season, and the flow through the rest of the comedy block hasn’t really been disrupted. “Mom,” for instance, is actually a little better off relative to CBS’ scripted average than it was last season.

“The Great Indoors” is also the network’s No. 3-rated comedy behind “Big Bang” and “Kevin Can Wait.” Four sitcoms with softer numbers have already been renewed for 2017-18; “The Great Indoors” should join them by May.


DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
🐻 sure bet to be canceled by May 2017
🐻 🐻 likely to be canceled by May 2017
🐻 🐻 🐻 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2017
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 likely to be renewed by May 2017
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 sure bet to be renewed by May 2017


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

The Cancel Bear is a bear who tracks and devours low-rated TV shows.

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