Here are CBS’ renew/cancel standings for week 30 of the 2017-18 season.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|Me, Myself & I||Canceled||1.0||0.3|
|Wisdom of the Crowd||Canceled||0.92||0.22|
|Ransom (Sat.)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.33||-0.23|
|Madam Secretary (O)||Renewed||0.64||-0.06|
|Superior Donuts (O)||🐻 🐻||0.91||0.21|
|Scorpion (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.82||0.12|
|NCIS: New Orleans (O)||Renewed||0.97||0.27|
|Man with a Plan (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.01||0.31|
|NCIS: Los Angeles (O)||Renewed||0.94||0.24|
|Criminal Minds (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.99||0.29|
|Instinct (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.88||0.18|
|SEAL Team (O)||Renewed||1.04||0.34|
|9JKL (O)||🐻 🐻||0.97||0.27|
|MacGyver (F) (O)||Renewed||0.85||0.52|
|Life in Pieces||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.13||0.43|
|Hawaii Five-0 (F) (O)||Renewed||0.99||0.72|
|Blue Bloods (F) (O)||Renewed||0.91||0.60|
|Kevin Can Wait (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.2||0.5|
|The Big Bang Theory||Renewed||2.79||2.09|
Real talk: The Bear just is not inclined to think too deeply about a cheap show a network drops on Saturdays in the springtime.
Ratings are not going to be the driver behind whether CBS decides to air another season of “Ransom” (the Bear almost wrote “make” another season, but that wouldn’t be right; “Ransom” is a rental property). It’s whether the show can remain inexpensive enough to license and deliver the same ROI as an amortized rerun of a weeknight drama.
The Bear will sit this one out, thanks.
|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.