CBS TV Show Rankings for 2010-11 season [1/8/11 update]

Live to DanceWhich CBS TV shows will be cancelled or renewed for the 2011-12 season? The network aired several original episodes but this didn’t change the overall rankings very much. How I Met Your Mother rose a little from the week’s memorable episode and now ties Criminal Minds in the demo. CSI: Miami, in its first week in the 8pm timeslot, was actually down a bit. Perhaps fans of the show didn’t realize it was on?

The newest entry to the CBS schedule is Paula Abdul’s dance competition, Live to Dance. Its debut week ratings weren’t very impressive and it’s already at the bottom of the rankings of reality shows on the Tiffany network. It’s reasonable to expect that the numbers will sink lower in the coming weeks. At this point, a renewal doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

You can see a complete list of the current status of this season’s shows by checking the CBS cancelled/renewed post.

Below is a list of the regular CBS TV shows and their 2010-11 season average ratings to date. It only incorporates the ratings for original episodes that have aired this season (no repeats). The data is sorted by the 18-49 demographic averages, the group that advertisers will pay the most to reach and, therefore, how the network measures success. The “compared to” column reflects whether the demo average has gone up, down, or stayed the same since last week.

Demo rank Scripted TV Shows Average viewership
(in millions)
Average 18-49
demo rating
Compared to
last week
1 Two and a Half Men (renewed) 14.03 4.5 ---  
2 The Big Bang Theory (renewed) 13.14 4.3 ---  
3 NCIS 19.51 4.0 ---  
4 Mike & Molly 11.54 3.7 ---  
5 Criminal Minds 14.04 3.6 ---  
5 How I Met Your Mother 8.90 3.6 up  
7 NCIS: Los Angeles 16.14 3.5 ---  
8 CSI 13.86 3.1 ---  
8 Hawaii Five-0 11.33 3.1 ---  
8 $#*! My Dad Says 10.50 3.1 ---  
8 Rules of Engagement 8.45 3.1 ---  
12 The Mentalist 14.56 3.0 ---  
13 CSI: Miami 10.50 2.5 down  
14 The Good Wife 12.01 2.4 ---  
15 The Defenders 10.02 2.2 ---  
16 Blue Bloods 11.22 1.8 ---  
17 CSI: NY 10.06 1.8 ---  
18 Medium (cancelled) 6.55 1.3 ---  
Demo rank News or Reality TV Shows Average viewership
(in millions)
Average 18-49
demo rating
Compared to
last week
1 Survivor: Nicaragua 12.17 3.7 ---  
2 Undercover Boss 11.68 3.3 ---  
2 The Amazing Race 10.93 3.3 ---  
4 60 Minutes 14.28 2.8 ---  
5 Live to Dance 8.94 2.1 new  
6 48 Hours Mystery 6.06 1.3 ---  

The closer a show is to the bottom of the list, the closer it is to being cancelled (if it hasn’t been cancelled already like Medium). If it’s closer to the top of the list, it’s more likely to be renewed. Shows that are in the middle (“on the bubble”) can be a little tougher to call. Their future typically comes down to other factors like overall costs, contracts, who produces the show, and what new shows are on the horizon.

The list has been separated into two sections. Of the two, scripted programming is the most expensive to produce. News and reality TV shows are less expensive to make but the networks can’t program just news/reality (though they might like to since they are less of a financial risk).

It should be noted that Friday and Saturday nights are the least watched evenings of television so ratings for shows on those nights are lower. The networks understand this and take it into account. However, regardless of when a show is aired, its production costs remain the same. Ultimately, it must still be profitable enough for the network to keep ordering more episodes.

Raw data: © The Nielsen Company via Media Week. * Nielsen doesn’t release the final Friday and Saturday night ratings until a few days later. Numbers with an “*” may change slightly once the final numbers are released.

What do you think? Which shows do you think won’t survive to see a new season?

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3 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Thomas says

    I very rarely ever watch the new programs on TV but the one I do watch all the time is the new Hawaii Five O series I never miss that series the cast is perfect and I sincerly wish the series a long life ! I do hope one day that Tom Selleck makes a cameo appearance on the Hawaii Five O series, as Magnum PI was a favorite series of mine ! As a side note one of the advertisers on the new Hawaii Five O series used the theme song from Magnum PI !

  2. marcie says

    Ugh, TWO and a HALF MEN. Bored now. Charlie Sheen is a POS that does not deserve to be rewarded for his behavior with a show that offers up a 2 million day payday for a wife abuser. How disgusting. I don’t care how good the writing is on this show… he is a bad example of a human being and it’s irresponsible to keep rewarding him. He disgusts me. I will forever love The Duckman (Jon Cryer rocks), but this show needs to be axed. I don’t know how any self-respecting woman can watch this crap. The man threatened his wife with a KNIFE! Remember the last celebrity who had issues with his wife and thought a knife would solve his problems? Yeah, OJ got off on it, but we all know he did it. Charlie Sheen is nothing but an OJ waiting to happen. But that’s only MY opinion.

    • Craig says

      Nice, Marcie. Advocate firing the dozens of people working on this show just so you can feel justified about punishing one person.

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