CBS’ renew/cancel standings for week 30 of the 2015-16 season argues against the renewal of a steady but low-performing first-year show.
CBS scripted average through April 17: 1.56
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|Angel from Hell (O)||Canceled||1.42||0.87|
|Mike & Molly||Final season||1.62||1.04|
|The Good Wife (O)||Final season||1.05||0.67|
|CSI: Cyber (O)||😥||0.91||0.56|
|Rush Hour||😦 😦||0.97||0.62|
|Code Black (O)||😦 😦||1.26||0.78|
|Limitless (O)||🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂||1.39||0.89|
|The Odd Couple (O)||😐 😐 😐||1.5||0.96|
|Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (O)||🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂||1.38||0.88|
|Criminal Minds (O)||🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂||1.79||1.15|
|Supergirl||🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂||1.69||1.08|
|Life in Pieces||😀 😀 😀 😀 😀||2||1.27|
|Hawaii Five-0 (F) (O)||Renewed||1.14||0.73|
|NCIS: Los Angeles (O)||Renewed||1.32||0.85|
|Blue Bloods (F) (O)||Renewed||1.25||0.80|
|Madam Secretary (O)||Renewed||1.23||0.79|
|2 Broke Girls||Renewed||1.61||1.03|
|NCIS: New Orleans (O)||Renewed||1.75||1.12|
|The Big Bang Theory||Renewed||3.83||2.46|
The ratings numbers for “Code Black” never really stood out this season, and a different kind of numbers game may very well seal its fate.
The show gets a downgrade to likely cancellation. Other than “Rush Hour” (which is also probably getting the boot), it’s the lowest-rated first-year series CBS has aired this season. CBS has already renewed some lower-rated shows, but they’re ones in which the network has a stake in their continued longevity. That’s not really the case for “Code Black,” which aired only 18 episodes this season.
The either-or talk about “Code Black” and CBS’ medical drama pilot doesn’t have a lot of weight yet, since the pilot likely hasn’t even been seen by the network’s decision-makers. But the network is obviously going to add some new series for next season, and “Code Black” will probably be cut to make room.
|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.