CBS Ratings Race: Is The Mentalist Doing Well? Will It Be Cancelled?

The Mentalist to be cancelled?This season, CBS moved The Mentalist from Thursdays to Sunday nights, into (cancelled) CSI: Miami’s former timeslot. This move understandably made fans very nervous.

The Mentalist’s ratings have taken a serious hit this season. The premiere represented one of the worst showings in the series’ history and the numbers for subsequent episodes have dropped even lower.

CBS will surely take football over-runs into consideration when considering the show’s fate but it’s worth noting that CSI: Miami’s ratings were also impacted by football — and performed better. In its last season, Miami averaged a 2.1 rating with 9.85 million. That’s significantly better than The Mentalist’s current season average below.

What do you think? Will The Mentalist be cancelled this season? Share your comments below.

Here are the CBS season averages as of Thursday, November 8, 2012:

CBS scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
The Big Bang Theory 4.9 (4.93) 15.60 season 6 ratings
Two and a Half Men 3.7 (3.70) 12.78 season 10 ratings
NCIS 3.6 (3.56) 18.89 season 10 ratings
2 Broke Girls 3.4 (3.44) 9.42 season 2 ratings
How I Met Your Mother 3.2 (3.20) 8.00 season 8 ratings
Criminal Minds 3.0 (3.03) 11.79 season 8 ratings
NCIS: Los Angeles 3.0 (3.02) 15.93 season 4 ratings
Mike & Molly 2.9 (2.92) 8.90 season 3 ratings
Person of Interest 2.9 (2.90) 14.23 season 2 ratings
Elementary 2.5 (2.45) 11.19 season 1 ratings
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2.4 (2.42) 10.55 season 13 ratings
Partners 2.1 (2.12) 5.96 season 1 ratings
Vegas 2.0 (1.96) 12.06 season 1 ratings
Hawaii Five-0 2.0 (1.96) 8.13 season 3 ratings
The Mentalist 1.8 (1.82) 9.70 season 5 ratings
The Good Wife 1.8 (1.76) 9.59 season 4 ratings
Blue Bloods 1.4 (1.37) 10.65 season 3 ratings
CSI: NY 1.4 (1.35) 9.44 season 9 ratings
Made in Jersey (cancelled) 1.0 (0.95) 7.30 season 1 ratings
CBS non-scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
Survivor: Philippines 2.9 (2.88) 10.34 cycle 25 ratings
60 Minutes 2.7 (2.67) 13.73 season 45 ratings
The Amazing Race 2.6 (2.57) 9.55 cycle 21 ratings
Undercover Boss 1.5 (1.50) 7.96 season 4 ratings
48 Hours 1.0 (0.96) 4.67 season 26 ratings

These charts incorporate the daily final CBS show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.

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46 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Loretta says

    I think it is a shame that you have taken The Mentalist off . I look so much forward to seeing this tv series every week. It is like a special time out for me to sit down and enjoy watching my favorite tv series. I am very sad that you have done this. Please reconsider putting it back on tv.

  2. Judi says

    Not fair because it was always late coming on. Move it back to Thursday. how do you know how many watches it. I have never been polled.

  3. Xiomara Lane says

    The Mentalist is one of the more interesting shows on tv. If you wanted to commit suicide for the program, you jumped into a pit with the time slot change. I was not home on many of those nights and had to put up with the idiotic timing that you so stupidly arranged. Not only did I have to record The Good Wife before The Mentalist, I had to record The News after it… a total of 3 hours to maybe catch a full episode of The Mentalist in the middle.
    If you’re going to cancel something, cancel the jerk who allowed that to continue. When I
    complained to Direct TV they said it was your fault!!!
    If the weather was bad and I didn’t record the 3 hours, I’d see one-half of The Mentalist and get the box that says “would you like to delete this program?” I tried to watch my favorite program, but someone in your outfit is unfit to simply schedule a slot that is not constantly affected by ballgames that extend their times and cause me grief. We are united out here, waiting. Don’t act like it’s our fault that the numbers you’re looking at are seemingly low. Someone with CEO intelligence needs to step in here. Otherwise you all look like a bunch of numb nuts. We want this season and next season!!!

  4. Jane says

    It should not go off the air. I think it was totally unfair to both the viewers and the program itself when it got placed into a new time slot. Please keep Simon Baker and crew on the air.

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