CBS’ renew/cancel standings for week 28 of the 2015-16 season explains why all low-1s ratings are not created equal, particularly when it comes to shows owned by different companies.
CBS scripted average through April 3: 1.58
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|Angel from Hell (O)||Canceled||1.42||0.87|
|Mike & Molly||Final season||1.62||1.03|
|The Good Wife (O)||Final season||1.05||0.67|
|CSI: Cyber (O)||😥||0.91||0.56|
|Rush Hour||😦 😦||1.1||0.70|
|Code Black (O)||😐 😐 😐||1.26||0.78|
|Limitless (O)||😐 😐 😐||1.39||0.89|
|Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (O)||🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂||1.55||0.99|
|Criminal Minds (O)||🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂||1.79||1.14|
|Supergirl||🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂||1.72||1.10|
|Life in Pieces||😀 😀 😀 😀 😀||2.0||1.27|
|Hawaii Five-0 (F) (O)||Renewed||1.14||0.73|
|NCIS: Los Angeles (O)||Renewed||1.33||0.85|
|Blue Bloods (F) (O)||Renewed||1.25||0.80|
|Madam Secretary (O)||Renewed||1.25||0.80|
|2 Broke Girls||Renewed||1.63||1.04|
|NCIS: New Orleans (O)||Renewed||1.75||1.11|
|The Big Bang Theory||Renewed||3.87||2.46|
“Rush Hour” premiered to the same adults 18-49 rating, 1.1, that “Elementary” did in the timeslot earlier this season. “Elementary” has been renewed for next season. So that’s good for “Rush Hour,” right?
Not really, no. “Elementary” is a CBS-owned show that’s already making money in syndication. “Rush Hour” comes from an outside studio, Warner Bros., and as a first-season show has a somewhat higher bar to clear. Premiering at 1.1 likely doesn’t get it very close to that bar.
|DSW||Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing|
|😥||sure bet to be canceled by May 2016|
|😦 😦||likely to be canceled by May 2016|
|😐 😐 😐||tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2016|
|🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂||likely to be renewed by May 2016|
|😀 😀 😀 😀 😀||sure bet to be renewed by May 2016|
The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show’s new episode adults 18-49 ratings to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its network. It’s calculated by dividing a show’s new episode live+same-day adults 18-49 average rating by the live+same-day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show’s own network. Why live+same-day ratings? Because they correlate very closely with the rarely disclosed C3 ratings (viewing of commercials within three days of air), which are the basis for most ad deals.
Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.
(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays tend to be renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.
(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.