CBS Renew/Cancel Week 27: March Madness Championship Voting + Why S.W.A.T. Might Get Canceled Despite Solid Ratings


Below is the table for Week 27 of CBS Renew/Cancel, followed by an analysis. There are no prediction changes this week. Underneath that is the final round of voting for CBS Renew/Cancel March Madness, which is between Fire Country and NCIS: Los Angeles. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment! 

As stated many times before, from a Live + Same Day ratings basis, S.W.A.T. deserves to be renewed. In fact, it should have been renewed months ago. Unfortunately, it is now one of only three fall scripted series yet to be renewed by CBS — one of the other two, NCIS: Los Angeles, has already been canceled. If CBS keeps up their tradition of canceling Friday dramas that are doing perfectly fine, S.W.A.T. will be this year’s victim as Blue Bloods was recently handed a renewal for its 14th season. Additionally, Paramount only has partial distribution rights to S.W.A.T. and cast contracts will likely need to be renegotiated for a seventh season. Even if ratings aren’t as good, it would be cheaper for CBS to just order to series a fully owned show, or place one of their already-renewed and fully-owned shows in the time slot. With the 8 pm time slot looking more desirable each season, CBS may have reason to believe they can do better in the time slot — even though they probably won’t, unless the time slot occupant is Fire Country. 

What’s even more worrisome for S.W.A.T. is that with Bob Hearts Abishola already renewed and no pilots in development, Sony can’t package it in with a renewal of another show, or even a series pickup. Warner will be facing this same issue with East New York, as will Disney with True Lies. All three shows have to be renewed on their own merit, and there is only so much schedule space left on the network that has already issued renewals to a few of their lowest-rated series. 

After a few rounds of voting, the CBS Renew/Cancel March Madness championship is officially between Fire Country and NCIS: Los Angeles. Below is the updated bracket with results for the Final Four included:

4 Seed Fire Country vs 18 Seed NCIS: Los Angeles
Fire Country and NCIS: Los Angeles were the top two vote-getters in every round, and will now face off against each other in the CBS Renew/Cancel March Madness Championship. Both shows breezed past their respective opponents in the Final Four, eliminating 1 Seed Young Sheldon and 3 Seed FBI in blowouts. 

Due to the high vote count in its first matchup, Fire Country almost didn’t make it out of the first round. Edging out CSI: Vegas by a score of 44 votes to 40 votes, the 13 seed turned out to be more more of a formidable opponent than the 5 seed or 1 seed it faced in subsequent rounds. Overall, Fire Country had to beat CSI: Vegas, The Neighborhood, and Young Sheldon to make it to the finals. Interestingly, Fire Country would actually be the 6 seed if the tournament started today; its average is inflated a bit by airing directly after an NFL playoff game in January and has been slowly declining as the weeks progress. 

NCIS: Los Angeles had to go through a play-in round to make the first full round, being the 18 seed for having been the only scripted show CBS has canceled to date. It got more votes in every round than any other show, beating 15 Seed S.W.A.T. in the play-in round, 2 Seed Ghosts in the Sweet Sixteen, 7 Seed NCIS in the Elite Eight, and now 3 Seed FBI in the Final Four. 

NCIS: Los Angeles arguably had a tougher road to get to this matchup than Fire Country did, and did it with more votes in every round. With Fire Country entering this matchup seemingly as the underdog, can the 18 seed win it all? Vote for which show you would most like to see win CBS Renew/Cancel March Madness in the poll!

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