Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CBS Announces Early Renewals for Several Shows

        Today, CBS was the first broadcast network to announce a mass renewal for the majority of their programming for the 2012-2013 season. The renewals of most of the shows are no surprise. However, there were a few programs that could have gone either way. Read on to see what got renewed.

         Without further ado, here are CBS' 18 returning programs for 2012-2013

     2 Broke Girls
     The Big Bang Theory
     How I Met Your Mother
     Mike & Molly

     Blue Bloods
     Criminal Minds
     The Good Wife
     Hawaii Five-0
     The Mentalist
     NCIS: LA
     Person of Interest

     48 Hours Mystery
     60 Minutes
     The Amazing Race
     Undercover Boss

        Not on this renewal list yet are long-running procedurals CSI: NY and CSI: Miami; veteran comedies Rules of Engagement and Two and a Half Men; and struggling freshmen series A Gifted Man, Unforgettable and Rob.
        Two and a Half Men has the strongest ratings of those left and is the network's highest rated comedy. It was left off the list for now because CBS and Warner Bros. Television are in preliminary discussions regarding future seasons. The main issue is that the program has yet to secure a new deal with star Ashton Kutcher.
        Comedies Rules of Engagement and Rob are both likely to be canceled unless the network decides to expand their comedy hours (which is a plausible scenario). If that does happen though, it's likely only one would survive. The case could be made for renewal or cancellation for both shows.
        For the four remaining dramas, the network will probably only renew one more in order to have a strong field to launch new dramas in the fall. A Gifted Man and Unforgettable have both underwhelmed in their first seasons. The two CSI spinoffs have the strongest odds for renewal. CSI: Miami has the better ratings but it will most likely come down to syndication economics that make the final decision.

        In the official press release CBS programing president Nina Tassler said, "This large-scale renewal is testimony to the strength, stability and success of a deep and diverse roster of top-rated programming."
        For the 2011-2012 to date, the network has posted year-to-year growth across the board. Currently, CBS is No. 1 in total viewers (12.13 million, up 1%), No. 1 in adults 25-54 (4.1/10, up 2%) and a strong second in adults 18-49 (3.1/8, up 3%).