CBS is Desperate. It Has Greenlighted a "Young Hetty" NCIS: Los Angeles Spinoff to Get The Seniors in the Retirement Home to Wake Up Early at 11:30PM to Tune In

Television has gotten lazy, particularly CBS going so far as to hire stars of the 1984 laugher Gremlins to headline their network.  Seeing Young Sheldon shaved off 20% of the ratings of its parent show, they decided to attempt the same fortunes on Sunday evening after the local news.  Were they interested in young clones of Sam or Marty?  They must have scraped the barrel as they decided to focus on resident Houseplant Hetty in the 80's.  To keep era-appropriate, CBS has cast the green folks of the gremlins cast to play Hetty and her relatives.  As hiring a lovely talent like Linda Hunt would do nothing to bolster this dud.

So what exactly did Hetty do before she got to a forgettable procedural like NCIS: Los Angeles besides drink scotch and tea, and eat tuna out of a box from a lovely lady?  Judging by the image above, this show shall be a slapstick mess, explaining how Hetty wound up with a hairdo from one of the Three Stooges.

Ghosts Ordered to Series by CBS

CBS has ordered single-camera comedy Ghosts to series. The future series centers on a young couple whose dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country home, just to find out that it's falling apart and inhabited by the ghosts of the previous residents. Rose McIver, Brandon Scott Jones and Rebecca Wisocky are attached to star.

Fox Renew/Cancel #8: ’The Resident’ Is A Likely Renewal


Predictions for 3/31/21

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Below are the latest renew/cancel predictions for the Fox network and the respective A18-49 rating averages for the listed programs. Since the previous breakdown, one series has received an early renewal while another has ended its season. 

The Resident: Since the last update, the average of 'The Resident' has risen by one-hundredth from a 0.58 to a 0.59. That may not seem noteworthy, but it serves as a testament to the stability of this medical drama. Barring a timeslot change or lead-in improvement, it's quite rare for a show's average to rise in March. On top of that, the March 2nd installment (0.62) marks the program's strongest rating since its January premiere. Although it's likely to drop a good bit once it returns in mid-April, the series has clearly performed well enough to secure another batch of episodes. Expect a fifth-season renewal for this Amy Holden Jones project. Status: LIKELY RENEWAL

Call Me Kat: Mayim Bialik's cat-inspired sitcom closed out its 13-episode season on March 25th, bowing out with a 0.48 rating and a 0.59 A18-49 average overall. 'Kat' had found itself in troubling territory a few episodes earlier when it fell to a miserable 0.4 rating. That may have been the final nail in the coffin for the comedy series had it not been for the announcement that 'Thursday Night Football' will be moving from Fox to Amazon Prime in 2023. This means that the Fox network will have to schedule original programming on Thursday nights in the fall. All of a sudden, a passable performer like 'Call Me Kat' has become a lot more valuable to the company. 'Kat' shot back up to a 0.6 rating the same day that the news broke, proving its worth even more. There's no guarantee that the Bialik vehicle will be back, but it's more likely than not to return. As a result, its status stays the same. Status: LIKELY RENEWAL

The Simpsons: Fox handed this long-running cartoon staple a two-season renewal on March 3rd, meaning it will stick around until at least its 34th season. Although the series is struggling to post anything higher than a 0.4 A18-49 rating, 'The Simpsons' remains one of the most iconic shows on television. It's clear that Fox does not want to get rid of it anytime soon. Even if its spring ratings leave much to be desired, it can always be counted on to rise to a 1.0 rating or more when given the NFL lead-in during the fall months. There was never any real doubt about this animated sitcom's fate and it goes down as a correct prediction. Status: RENEWED

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CSI Revival Ordered by CBS

CBS is bringing back on of its most iconic dramas. The long-running procedural CSI has been revived after six years off the air. The show ran from 2000 to 2015, airing for fifteen seasons before wrapping with a TV movie after its cancellation, and it remains one of the longest-running TV dramas of all-time. The original series ranked among the top 10 series on television in eleven of its seasons, rating as the #1 series for its third season. Original stars William Petersen, Jorja Fox and Wallace Langham are set to reprise their roles in the new series, titled CSI: Vegas. Matt Lauria, Paula Newsome, Mel Rodriguez and Mandeep Dhillon will join them for the new series. There have been rumos of a CSI revival for some time, but confirmation from CBS did not come until today.

Ordinary Joe Ordered to Series by NBC

Ordinary Joe has been ordered to series. The fantasy drama centers on Joe Kimbrough, who has a decision to make: will he choose love, loyalty or passion? The choice he makes will affect the rest of his life. James Wolk, Elizabeth Lail, Natalie Martinez and Charlie Barnett are set to star.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 3/30/21: March Madness Continues Domination, Mayans MC and The Oval Drop, Queen Sugar Rises

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 3/30/21. Items of note include Mayans MC on FX, The Misery Index on TBS, and Temptation Island on USA.

(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 3/30/21: Pooch Perfect Premiere Wins the Night, Supergirl Final Season Premieres Modestly, Universal Declines on NBC (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: ABC's latest reality effort 'Pooch Perfect' (0.6) got off to a healthy start in the lead-off position. The dog-based offering was a tenth shy of where 'To Tell the Truth' began in January (0.67) but a tenth above the week-ago 'Truth' finale (0.52). That 0.6 rating was enough to top the night, which is more of a testament to how low ratings have gotten than it is to the strength of 'Pooch'. Despite the stronger lead-in, 'Black-ish' (0.4) ticked down on a week-to-week basis. 'Mixed-ish' (0.4) and 'Soul of a Nation' (0.3) held steady from there. NBC's comedy duo just kept sinking, with 'Young Rock' (0.5) and 'Kenan' (0.4) each losing yet another tenth. This means that both sitcoms are at just half of their premiere ratings from February (1.01/0.83). 'New Amsterdam' (0.4) also lost a tenth in the 10pm hour but looked a lot better than usual since it doubled the 'This Is Us' repeat (0.2) that came before it. CBS's repeat lineup of 'NCIS' (0.4), 'FBI' (0.4), and 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.3) was a hair above Fox's encores of 'Resident' (0.3) and 'Masked Singer' (0.3). On the CW, 'Supergirl' (0.1) returned for its sixth and final season in disastrous fashion. The superhero drama came in an alarming three-tenths behind where it began for its fifth season debut (0.4). 'The Flash' (0.2) was flat in the 8pm slot. 

Finals Update: 'Young Rock' (0.6, +0.1), 'Black-ish' (0.5, +0.1), and repeats of 'FBI' (0.5, +0.1), 'The Masked Singer' (0.4, +0.1), and 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.4, +0.1) all adjusted up.

Monday Cable Ratings 3/29/21: Women’s NCAA Draws Tournament’s Highest Ratings, Snowpiercer Ends Higher, Breeders Collapses to New Low, Running Wild Starts Decently

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 3/29/21. Items of note include Breeders on FX, the premiere of Running Wild with Bear Grylls on NatGeo, and the finale of Snowpiercer on TNT.

(Note: Click any show with its name in yellow or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Young Sheldon Renewed Through Season 7

TV’s #1 comedy will be back in a big way. CBS has handed Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon an additional three seasons, taking it to a seventh season. The show has been a massive success for CBS, with its series premiere rating as one of the strongest episodes in modern TV history, ratings-wise. It didn’t stay at that ratings height, but it has remained a top performer for CBS ever since, even after losing its Big Bang lead-in. It rates as the #4 scripted series on CBS this season with a 0.81 rating, tying The Neighborhood. It was most recently given a two-season renewal during its second season. Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Annie Potts, Montana Jordan and Raegan Revord star in the series as the young version of Jim Parsons' Big Bang Theory character Sheldon Cooper and his family. Parsons serves as an executive producer and the narrator for the series. This is a correct prediction for The TV Ratings Guide's CBS Renew/Cancel.

What do you think of this news? Are you excited for Young Sheldon's big pickup? Let us know in the comments!

Sunday Cable Ratings 3/28/21: City on a Hill Returns Steady, When Calls the Heart Hits Season High, March Madness Triples The Walking Dead

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 3/28/21. Items of note include City on a Hill on Showtime, When Calls the Heart on Hallmark and The Walking Dead on AMC.

(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Saturday Cable Ratings 3/27/21: Tina Decent on HBO, Big City Greens Doubles Amphibia, March Madness Leads with Ease

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 3/27/2021. Items of note include Tina on HBO, Final Space on Adult Swim, and NCAA March Madness on TBS.

(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in red to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Monday TV Ratings 3/29/21: March Madness Doubles All Competitors, The Voice Slips and Ties American Idol (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: CBS's coverage of March Madness (1.5/1.5) helped them cruise to an easy win, handily surpassing last week's pair of games (1.35/1.14). ABC couldn't quite compare but still had a solid night as 'American Idol' (0.7) and 'The Good Doctor' (0.5) held steady. NBC's reality-drama duo fared a good bit worse, with 'The Voice' (0.7) suffering a two-tenth decline and 'Debris' (0.3) shedding a tenth. Fox's 'America's Most Wanted' (0.3) gave back last week's uptick and fell behind its '9-1-1' repeat lead-in (0.4) once again. The season finale of 'Bulletproof' (0.1) was flat on the CW, but viewers quickly fled from 'All American Stories' (0.0) at 9. 

Finals Update: NCAA: AR v. Baylor (+0.1), The Voice (+0.1), The Good Doctor (+0.1) and America's Most Wanted (+0.1) adjusted up. NCAA: OR St. v. Houston (-0.1) adjusted down.

Marietta Season 3 Episode 22 - On Olden Pond

Marietta Season 3 Episode 22
On Olden Pond

ABC Renew/Cancel Week 19: The Goldbergs Still the Safest Part of a Declining Comedy Block

The ABC Wednesday block returned this week after a few weeks off the air, and their returns only highlighted ongoing trends for a few shows. Keep reading to see my thhoughts on The Goldbergs and The Conners, plus fellow recently-returned show The Rookie!

Friday Cable Ratings 3/26/21: Drag Race and Wynonna Earp Tick Up, Sydney to the Max Slips, NBA Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 3/26/21. Items of note include the premiere of Sydney to the Max on Disney, RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1, and Wynonna Earp on Syfy.

(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in purple or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Our Kind of People Ordered to Series by Fox

Drama project Our Kind of People has been ordered to series by Fox. Produced by Empire's Lee Daniels and Mixed-ish's Karin Gist, the show will center on a single mother who risks it all and moves her family to Martha's Vineyard while hoping to raise notability for her natural hair care line by infiltrating the black elite in Oak Bluffs. Soon, she discovers a secret about her past that may shake up her life and the community forever.

Sunday TV Ratings 3/28/21: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Has Abysmal Return, The Equalizer Slips, American Idol and The Rookie Stable (UPDATED)

2020-21 Season To Date Report (9/21-3/25): Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Shall Be Tested Again on Sundays But Leans Renewal on 1st Place NBC

NBC's show ponies took some hits during this bleak season.  Since 2007, every season has lost 10-20% each season for all networks.  Where things have grown critical is runaway hits such as The Masked Singer, This Is Us, Empire, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family are becoming rarer and rarer.  Masked Singer and TIU are the only megahits left, and both have taken large hits as they age.  This is Us is already fractional, and The Masked Singer's spring average is a half point lower than Fall 2020.  Each profile of the Season To Date report sees scripted shows sliding further down the ladder, and Reality TV based programs are climbing past.

Saturday TV Ratings 3/27/21: NAACP Image Awards and Figure Skating Do Okay, Saturday Night Live Eyes Season Low (UPDATED)

2021 Drama Scorecard (3/11-3/25): Reboots like MacGyver Are Paving The Way Past Dated CBS Procedurals

Friday television has surprisingly emerged as an opportune space for television.  Networks like FOX, CW and ABC have steered to Reality TV, but CBS corners a steady market with standalone procedurals (who have not duplicated or triplicated with tired spinoffs).  Both Magnum PI and MacGyver owe their existence to the reboot trend made popular in recent years which cooled down.  Both are reboots of popular 80's procedurals, and never quite lit the ratings on fire.  However, both perform steady and strong for Fridays, having filled the void Hawaii Five-O (itself a revival of the 1968-80 series) left on the schedule one year ago.  And given Blue Bloods is deep into its 11th season, CBS will need to fill an hour of its schedule if the series ends.  All three Friday shows deliver steady without a standout player rating higher than the other, only occasional bumps for Magnum PI being in the 8:00 hour.

Where these reboots (along with sturdy Sunday player The Equalizer) are helping CBS update their tired schedule is they fulfill the longstanding need of procedurals without spawning another boiler plate procedural off of an existing show.  Most shows which multiply from these franchises (such as NCIS, CSI and most recently FBI) is the reboots are energetic.  They have appealing stars, the settings are aesthetically pleasing and they provide compatible space for new pilots to be nestled next door to.  MacGyver or Magnum PI fit best on Fridays and are best not moved (Magnum PI didn't shine as well on Mondays).  But rather, let's hope CBS takes a cue with their success as well as The Equalizer revamping Sundays and steers in this direction vs a slew of tired spinoffs.  Viewers would rather they dip in the historic well instead of delivering NCIS: The Freeways or some overdone cliche.

With This Is Us losing steam on NBC, the race is on for 1st Place and The Equalizer will likely take this crown thanks to a bump from Superbowl.  If it matches its last 0.75 rating over the next 6 episodes, it will still remain one of the top 10 performers of the season (This is Us and Grey's Anatomy have already fallen out of the Top 10).  If it took a hit and delivered 0.65 for the next 6 episodes, it would indeed fall out of the top 10, but would still rank higher than This Is Us and Grey's Anatomy who would need a resurgence.

On the flip side, some shows are now evidently at risk for the chopping block:

ABC: The network gave For Life ample opportunities to grow and it could not make the cut.  Despite having a weakened sitcom block leading into it, the drops were noticeable and ABC clearly has a space for marketing next season.

SWAT and All Rise were eyed as the weakest members on the schedule.  However, All Rise narrowly clipped past lead-out Bull this week, and SWAT soared with an absence of Chicago PD.  Both could benefit from a timeslot move.  The weakest link lies in Clarice which has not located its plateau and didn't benefit from the sitcom block's evenings with rating surges.  A pity as it delivered some originality to CBS despite the dark tone of the series.
FOX: Prodigal Son has nowhere to hide nor any excuses for scheduling for its shortcomings.  The gap has grown wider between neighbor The Resident, and FOX needs scheduling space.  If FOX is committed, they could allow it to take on the earlier portions of the schedule, but Prodigal Son shows little signs of contributions to building the lineup.

NBC: Debris has weighted Mondays down like an albatross.  With so many shows renewed, something has to go.  Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist will need to meet the bar for Sunday evening but has more marketability and buzz to have it lean toward renewal.


Friday TV Ratings 3/26/21: Shark Tank Wins Another Night, Blue Bloods Grows on Magnum PI and MacGyver (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: ABC's 'Shark Tank' (0.6) and '20/20' (0.5) duo took back their lead after 'NCAA Basketball' dominated last week. Both programs held steady, with 'Shark Tank' returning from a one-week break. CBS had a rough time competing with the alphabet network as 'Magnum PI' (0.4) ticked down in the 9pm slot. 'MacGyver' (0.4) and 'Blue Bloods' (0.5) matched their lows at 8 and 10 respectively. NBC went even lower than that as 'The Blacklist' (0.3) and 'Dateline' (0.3) declined by one-tenth. 'WWE Smackdown' (0.5) also shed a tenth on Fox. The CW had a pair of 'Whose Line' encores (0.1/0.1) and an original 'Penn & Teller' (0.1).

Finals Update: Shark Tank (+0.1), WWE SmackDown (+0.1) and Magnum PI (+0.1) adjusted up.

Thursday Cable Ratings 3/25/21: President Biden Press Conference Solid on CNN as Ingraham Angle Leads Cable News, Impractical Jokers Hits Season Low, NBA Wins the Night

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 3/25/21. Items of note include Impractical Jokers on TruTV, The Ingraham Angle on Fox News, and the President Biden Press Conference on CNN.

(Note: Click the names of the shows written in purple or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Thursday TV Ratings 3/25/21: Superstore Rises for Series Finale, Call Me Kat Slips for Finale, Greys Anatomy and Station 19 Tick Down (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Cloud 9 permanently shut down last night, with the series finale of NBC sitcom 'Superstore' (0.5/0.5) tying its week-ago rating for an hour-long farewell. Compared to recent NBC series finales, 'The Good Place (0.7) had a minor uptick while 'Will & Grace' (0.5) actually lost a tenth. Although 'Superstore' limped to the finish line this past season, the series deservers major praise for consistently garnering strong numbers for the five years prior. A repeat of 'SVU' (0.4) and a steady 'Dateline' (0.4) closed out a quiet evening for the peacock network. On ABC, 'Station 19' (0.7) and 'Grey's Anatomy' (0.9) shed a tenth apiece, but 'A Million Little Things' clung to last week's 0.5 rating in the 10pm slot. Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen' (0.8) remained in season high territory, but the 'Call Me Kat' finale (0.5) and 'Last Man Standing' (0.4) lost a tick. While a decline on finale night doesn't bode well for 'Kat', it did manage to avoid matching its low or creating a new one. CBS had encores of 'Young Sheldon' (0.4), 'B Positive' (0.4), 'Mom' (0.4), 'Bob Hearts Abishola' (0.3), and 'Clarice' (0.2). The CW had a 'Harry & Meghan' special (0.1) that couldn't hold a candle to their Oprah interview from early March. The royal dud was followed by a stable 'Legacies' (0.1).

Finals Update: Superstore at 8 PM (+0.1), Last Man Standing (+0.1) and Station 19 (+0.1) adjusted up. The repeat of Mom (-0.1) adjusted down.

NBC Renew/Cancel Week 16: At Least Kenan Has SNL

It's time for another NBC Renew/Cancel, and this week, I'll be taking a look at Kenan, one of NBC's newest comedies on their lineup. Keep reading to see where I stand on its renewal odds!

Wednesday Cable Ratings 3/24/21: Snowfall Jumps, Full Frontal and Resident Alien Slide, Genius: Aretha Ends Near Low, Tucker Stays First in Cable News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 3/24/21. Items of note include Snowfall on FX, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS, and Resident Alien on Syfy.

(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Wednesday TV Ratings 3/24/21: The Goldbergs and American Housewife Return Steady as The Conners Takes a Hit, The Masked Singer Also Down, SWAT and SEAL Team Rise from Tough as Nails (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: ABC's comedy block returned with little fanfare, boasting some stability and a too much slippage. 'The Goldbergs' (0.6) and the penultimate 'American Housewife' (0.5) held even, with 'Goldbergs' airing its first episode since the passing of cast member George Segal. Things only got worse from there as 'The Conners' (0.5), 'Call Your Mother' (0.3), and true-crime series 'The Con' (0.2) all lost a tenth. On Fox, 'The Masked Singer' (1.1) gave back a tenth but will likely pick up an upward adjustment. At 9, 'Game of Talents' (0.7) matched its premiere rating once more for its third episode. 'Tough of Nails' (0.4) ticked down on CBS, but 'SEAL Team' (0.5) and 'SWAT' (0.5) inched up at 9 and 10 respectively. The two dramas likely benefited from reduced competition as NBC's 'One Chicago' lineup (0.4/0.3/0.3) remained in repeat-mode. 'Riverdale' (0.2) rose by a tenth while 'Nancy Drew' (0.1) was flat on the CW.

Finals Update: The Masked Singer (+0.1), The Conners (+0.1), The Con (+0.1) and SWAT (+0.1) adjusted up

American Housewife - Season 5 Episode 12 Review - How Oliver Got His Groove Back

"There's my arrogant douchebag!"

And with that Katie, declares mission accomplished after commandeering Oliver's Instagram account to woo a pretty girl, Audra (Alyssa Jirrels) to come to the Otto home to watch "Little Women" (supposedly Oliver's favorite movie) and eat hot Cheetos (supposedly Oliver's favorite snack).

Oh, where to begin.

First of all, hats off to the ABC TV gods that AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE had the unfortunate luck and timing to air an episode about a massage parlor just a week after the massage parlor shootings in Atlanta.

Secondly, this episode exists in a weird, alternate universe where the storylines of the past either didn't take place or have no bearing.  Fans who have long expected and hoped for "Cooliver" were shocked to find Katie steer Oliver into a relationship with a girl, a rebound relationship because apparently Oliver was soooo depressed after his *one* prom date, Lindsey, ignored him last episode on a visit home from college. The never-happened "Oliver-Lindsey" has now been retrofitted in this episode to an important off-screen relationship that devastated Oliver and left him with a "Lindsey shaped hole" when he was ghosted.

So forget all the years of "Cooliver" innuendo - in fact, Cooper isn't even in this episode (in case he distracts Oliver from Audra?). ABC and/or the showrunners have declared in this episode that Oliver is straight. And guessing by the angry social media response, ABC isn't too concerned about the unhappy fans, some accusing the show of queer-baiting.

In a B storyline, Trip and Taylor finally break up.... and then they're back together again.  This makes the couple either the dumbest couple on TV or ABC/showrunners have decided this on again relationship is another bit of baiting they can do to string along an audience.  Quick recap, Taylor has been outgrowing the child-like Trip ever since she started college and expanded her mind.  Remember that Taylor is attending Greg's college to save money until she can go to her chosen university, Carnegie-Mellon, and see the world. And she was very disappointed that Trip had no plans, no ambitions outside of Westport. 

Taylor and Trip decided to break up... for an entire afternoon.

In the C storyline, Greg and Lonnie (Matt Shively) decide to go undercover at a massage parlor to spy on one of his election opponents. Aside from the bad timing of being set in the massage parlor, this is the only funny story in the episode as the two buffoon their way through political dirty tricks.

And last but not least, Anna-Kat and Franklin (Evan O'Toole) celebrate their third anniversary of sharing gum with each other. Anna-Kat slaves away to bake him a licorice cake while Franklin composes a rap for her. Unhappy with her present, Anna-Kat stews while Franklin also seems to ghost her.

But back to Cooliver...

Fans of THE WALKING DEAD will remember a few years ago that there was some fan movement to make Darryl (Norman Reedus) a gay character.  In fact, when Reedus was asked what he thought about playing gay, he welcomed the challenge, saying, "I would play the shit out of it!"

With AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, it seems that the already uneven writing has run out of steam. Perhaps they've hit a point that they can't keep teasing "Cooliver" and they have to decide whether to fish or cut bait. Or maybe the actors had issues.  Whatever the reason, fan servicing is a touchy topic but how AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE has addressed it with revisionist storylines isn't the way to go. Some natural progression and character development would be nice, even in a sitcom.

At the close of this episode, Oliver and Audra pave over her outrage at being catfished by Katie all this time. He points out that it gave them the opportunity to get to know each other.  WTF?  Sorry, Oliver, Audra didn't get to know you at all! That wasn't your favorite movie or favorite snack. You never had a pet snake, Slyerthin.  All Audra got to *know* was Katie's (and friends) weird, amalgamated version of you. If Audra felt betrayed, imagine how some of the fans are feeling!

Harrison Cheung is the author of the award-winning biography of Christian Bale (BenBella Books) and a contributor to Brave New Hollywood and The TV Ratings Guide.

FBI and FBI: Most Wanted Renewed by CBS, Spinoff FBI: International Ordered

The FBI franchise will be back next season on CBS in a big way, with both FBI and FBI: Most Wanted returning for additional seasons, to be joined by the new series FBI: International. The franchise has been very successful for CBS. The original FBI rates as CBS' #2 scripted show, while FBI: Most Wanted is their highest-rated 10 PM series. Dick Wolf, creator of the Law & Order and Chicago franchises, created the FBI franchise, which is now his third successful franchise. FBI stars Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki and Alana de la Garza, while Most Wanted features Julian McMahon, Kellan Lutz, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Nathaniel Arcand in key roles. No cast has been set for FBI: International. Both are correct predictions for The TV Ratings Guide.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 3/23/21: The Misery Index Ties Low for Midseason Finale, Mayans MC and The Oval Rebound, Tucker Back to Cable News Victory

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 3/23/21. Items of note include Mayans MC on FX, The Misery Index on TBS, and Temptation Island on USA.

(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 3/23/21: To Tell the Truth Finale and This Is Us Steady, New Amsterdam Rises, Mixedish Down After Break (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: ABC's 'Black-ish' (0.4) and 'Mixed-ish' (0.3) were back in originals for the first time since early March, with the former steady and the latter down a notch. The two sitcoms tied their series lows and were indistinguishable from week-ago repeats (0.36/0.33). Earlier in the night, the 'To Tell the Truth' finale (0.5) held even, as did a struggling 'Soul of a Nation' (0.2) at 10. NBC had little movement in either direction as 'Young Rock' (0.6), 'Kenan' (0.5), and 'This Is Us' (0.8) matched what they posted last week. 'New Amsterdam' (0.5) was able to pick up a tenth at 10. Fox had the finale of 'Holmes Family Effect' (0.3/0.3), with the series stable at 8 and slightly up at 9. Despite its stability, 'Family Effect' failed to outpace CBS's repeat lineup of 'NCIS' (0.5), 'FBI' (0.4), and 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.4). 'The Flash' (0.2) and 'Superman and Lois' (0.2) were unchanged on the CW.

Finals Update: Blackish (+0.1), Mixedish (+0.1), Soul of a Nation (+0.1), This Is Us (+0.1), Superman & Lois (+0.1) and the repeat of FBI (+0.1) adjusted up.

College Season 3 Episode 18: Hold My Beer...And My Gun!

Monday Cable Ratings 3/22/21: Breeders Premiere Hits Series High, Genius: Aretha Slides, March Madness Stays on Top, Anderson Cooper Jumps to First in Cable News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 3/22/21. Items of note include the premiere of Breeders on FX, Spring Baking Championship on Food Network, and March Madness on TBS and TNT.

(Note: Click any show with its name in yellow or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)