CBS Renew/Cancel Week 4: Murphy Brown No Longer a Toss-Up

CBS heads into late October with some clear problems on its schedule. Here's where things stand as we head into week four of the fall 2018 season.
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Certain to be Cancelled
Likely to be Cancelled
Toss-Up for Renewal
Likely to be Renewed
Certain to be Renewed
Happy Together
Magnum P.I.
Blue Bloods

Criminal Minds

Murphy Brown

God Friended Me

Hawaii Five-0

Madam Secretary
Los Angeles

The Neighborhood
New Orleans

Young Sheldon

Earlier this week CBS handed out full-season orders to three freshman series, and Monday night drama Magnum P.I. was among those getting an extension. The ratings have been underwhelming since its debut, but they have been fairly stable. That stability in the 0.9 range must be enough for CBS to believe there is a future for Magnum P.I. After two weeks as Likely to be Cancelled, Magnum P.I. is now a Toss-Up, with an uncertain future beyond one season.

The other freshman drama to get a nod on a full season is God Friended Me, which has done respectable business in the Sunday 8 o'clock hour in its first three weeks. The biggest negative against God Friended Me is that the L+3 and L+7 lifts have been underwhelming thus far. Despite those tiny lifts, there is a sizable live audience watching and because of that, we see God Friended Me remain as Likely to be Renewed.

Monday night comedy anchor The Neighborhood also got the go-ahead for a full season from CBS, with a 22 episode season ahead for it. The ratings have been surprisingly strong and stable at a 1.1, with quality growth in L+3 numbers to a modest 1.5. The Neighborhood remains as Likely to be Renewed, although it is on the cusp of becoming Certain to be Renewed. Fellow Monday night comedy Happy Together found itself left out of the full season orders and accordingly finds itself as now Certain to be Cancelled. The ratings aren't awful, but with limited scheduling space for CBS comedies, and three waiting to air, Happy Together gets the short end of the stick.

And after four weeks, Murphy Brown is no longer a Toss-Up! Unfortunately for the revival sitcom, it is now Likely to be Cancelled. Besides Happy Together, Murphy Brown is the lowest-rated comedy on CBS. The network has confirmed the season will contain only 13 episodes, although it could still return for a second season. With minimal interest to begin with, its difficult to see CBS extending this revival for another go-around.

What are your thoughts this week? Is it too soon to predict the end of Happy Together? Sound off in the comments below!

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