CBS Renew/Cancel Week 10: Bull a Toss-Up

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Now that the fall season is officially behind us, it is time to see where everything stands before the midseason shows join the lineup.  .

Certain to be Cancelled
Likely to be Cancelled
Toss-Up for Renewal
Likely to be Renewed
Certain to be Renewed
Happy Together
Criminal Minds
Blue Bloods
Murphy Brown
God Friended Me
Hawaii Five-0

Madam Secretary

Magnum P.I.

Los Angeles

New Orleans

The Neighborhood

Young Sheldon

*Changes week to week are listed in italics

It has been awhile since the last CBS Renew/Cancel (right after Thanksgiving in fact), but things remained fairly steady in the time since that last update.

Freshman comedy Happy Together and revival Murphy Brown were capped with their 13 episode seasons, and its unlikely either will be extended beyond those episodes. Happy Together will air a few episodes in 2019, but Murphy Brown finished its 13 episodes this past week. Both will be replaced with shows that are likely to see some improvement in the timeslot.

Criminal Minds experienced a few OK ratings in November and December. Despite those better than average ratings, it still seems season fourteen is the end of the line. CBS confirmed it will wrap its season with a shorter than usual season, and with rising costs, does it make sense for CBS to bring it back for a fifteenth season? Unless some show absolutely craters, or there is a ratings uptick once again in 2019, the long-running crime procedural will end. Freshman God Friended Me has followed the same ratings trajectory for the first half of its season. In weeks with the NFL, God Friended Me is in the 0.9-1.1 range, and without the NFL, 0.8. There have not been any ratings super far out of that range, so it makes it difficult to predict. Given CBS does not own the show, things look bleak at this point.

As for third year drama Bull, it seemed like a sure-fire renewal for most of the season, until the last few weeks. The entire harassment ordeal surrounding Michael Weatherly exploded after Eliza Dushku published an OP-ED in the Boston Globe confirming her incident with the lead actor of Bull. It seems difficult for CBS to continue, but stranger things have happened in the past. For now, its a toss-up until we have more word from CBS on what will happen with Weatherly. And after spending weeks in the cancellation category, SWAT becomes a toss-up too. Its ratings have remained very stable, and Murphy Brown appears to be the weak link in the lineup. We shall see what different lead ins do for it in 2019, and until then, the toss-up continues!

In the likely and certain categories, there was no movement once again this week. Magnum P.I. is the only big question remaining among the two categories, but CBS really seems to be behind the freshman drama. Finally, earlier this week CBS reported Allison Janney and Anna Faris are looking for details to continue Mom into its seventh season. Unless those talks fall apart, it will return for its seventh season - the first CBS comedy to reach the milestone since Rules of Engagement ended after 100 episodes and seven seasons in 2013.

Looking forward to 2019, CBS has quite a few series returning to the lineup, with some new ones thrown in as well. Comedy Fam is the first to debut, replacing Murphy Brown in the Thursday 930 timeslot on January 10th. Additionally, Man with a Plan returns to Mondays at 830, replacing Happy Together on February 4th. Other scripted series include the unscheduled fourth season of Life in Pieces, as well as the sophomore season of Instinct. CBS rolls out a Wednesday unscripted lineup with The World's Best and Million Dollar Mile, although they will not be featured in this feature (along with other unscripted series). 

The CBS Renew/Cancel feature will likely return in mid-January, once we have some new winter numbers under our belts. Until then, enjoy the holidays and we will see you in 2019. Thanks for reading throughout the fall portion of the season!

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