CBS TV Show Rankings for 2010-11 season [1/15/11 update]

Live to DanceWhich CBS TV shows will be renewed or cancelled for the 2011-12 season? Many of the CBS shows were in repeats last week. Most of the series that had original episodes drew ratings that didn’t affect their season rankings very much or at all.

Paula Abdul’s new reality competition, Live to Dance, had a second week of weaker ratings. As suspected they dropped lower than the disappointing premiere, to a 1.5 in the all-important 18-49 demographic and 6.71 million average viewers. There’s little hope that this series will return for another season.

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 19.73 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 ---  
7 NCIS: Los Angeles 16.30 3.5 ---  
8 CSI 13.89 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 10.65 2.5 ---  
14 The Good Wife 12.04 2.4 ---  
15 The Defenders 9.75 2.2 ---  
16 Blue Bloods 11.22 1.8 ---  
17 CSI: NY 10.02 1.8 ---  
18 Medium (cancelled) 6.56 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 11.69 3.3 ---  
2 The Amazing Race 10.93 3.3 ---  
4 60 Minutes 14.28 2.8 ---  
5 Live to Dance 8.19 1.9 down  
6 48 Hours Mystery 6.02 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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    • NCDesigner says

      I love Mike & Molly. Billy Gardell who plays Mike has great comedic timing and plays well with Melissa McCarthy who plays Molly. Sister Katy, played by Victoria Flynn is hysterical. The mother played by Swoozie Kurtz is only marginally funny. The premise of the show is current, recognizing that not all Americans are thin and beautiful, without relying on the size of the title characters for the center of every show. It’s fun to hear them make fun of themselves, admitting they’re overweight in a light hearted, easy-going way. I hope it’s renewed for many more seasons.

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