CBS Renew/Cancel Watch: 'Limitless' Remains Likely to be Renewed


Welcome to the CBS Renew/Cancel Watch of the fall season! All scripted, primetime shows are included in the prediction table below once they have premiered for the season. An analysis of any new prediction changes follows. My current predictions are as of October 24, 2015.

The key to the right indicates which colors are associated with each prediction. The data in the table includes season lows, highs, and averages (Adults 18-49 demo), as well as the year-to-year changes for returning shows that have not already been officially renewed or canceled. These are provided for reasoning with and understanding my predictions. The shows are ordered by their season averages against only other scripted CBS shows.

Season Low / High / Average
Year-to-Year Change
The Big Bang Theory
2.1 / 2.5 / 2.25
Life in Pieces
1.8 / 2.6 / 2.06
1.7 / 2.2 / 1.84
Criminal Minds
1.6 / 2.0 / 1.75
1.4 / 1.9 / 1.66
NCIS: New Orleans
1.5 / 1.7 / 1.64
Madam Secretary
1.2 / 1.5 / 1.37
Code Black
1.2 / 1.5 / 1.28
Blue Bloods
1.1 / 1.3 / 1.24
1.1 / 1.2 / 1.2
The Good Wife
1.1 / 1.2 / 1.17
Hawaii Five-0
1.0 / 1.1 / 1.06
CSI: Cyber
0.7 / 1.0 / 0.87

This is a rather slow week for the CBS Renew/Cancel Watch, as most shows performed in line with their current prediction statuses. While none of the above shows have seen a change in status this week, here are some end of the week thoughts. Feel free to chime in too!

  • Limitless continues in the green for the present as it managed to at least remain flat with the mediocre 1.4 it posted last week, which had aired against the well-rated return of timeslot competitor Chicago Fire on NBC. Working in the show's favor is its official full season pickup this week. There is a lot of season left, but as of now, this drama is working OK for CBS and until we have more data to work with (such as Supergirl), it's the highest-rated new drama they have.
  • Blue Bloods saw an uptick this week to a 1.2 (from a 1.1 last week), which is great news for the Friday night staple. My confidence continues to rest comfortably in the show's chances for renewal. The question remains if its 9pm counterpart Hawaii Five-0 can join it next season. Thoughts?
  • That 30% y2y average drop for Criminal Minds is something, eh? It posted a 1.6 this week, down 36% from the same Wednesday airing in 2014. It's not too alarming right now, especially with so many other shows far worse off. It's a valuable property for CBS, but how many seasons does it ultimately have left?
  • Code Black was awarded an additional 6-script order from CBS this week, which isn't saying too much for the low-rated medical drama. To be fair, its 1.2 from a 1.6 lead-in isn't too far from the 1.4 that Limitless earned following an identical 1.6 lead-in this week. However, if CBS valued this drama as much as its movie adaptation drama, they could have given Code Black more room to work with than a script order. Although, there's still time for that if CBS has trust in it to build or stay constant through the season. We'll see what happens, but the chances are currently very slim that Code Black sees a second season launch come next September.
  • Life in Pieces fought back a little this week by crossing the 2.0 threshold again with the help of The Big Bang Theory's increase to a 3.9. CBS continues to let the comedy air originals and will still plan to carry it to Thursdays in a comedy block of TBBT / Life in Pieces / Mom / 2 Broke Girls. Fellow freshman comedy Angel From Hell has been shoved into 2016, which means that Life in Pieces is the only new comedy that CBS is working with for awhile. Is CBS liking what they are seeing, or is it just a matter of time before the eventual death of another CBS family comedy?

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