There weren’t many original episodes on CBS this week as the network ramped up for May sweeps (which began Thursday, April 28th). Many of the shows that had first-run episodes were either up or down by double digits. The Thursday night line-up — Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement, CSI, and The Mentalist — was down and most of the shows hit new season lows.
Which CBS TV shows will be cancelled or renewed depend mostly on the series’s ratings, particularly the 18-49 demographic. Before we get to the season-to-date averages, here are the winners and losers from April 15th through April 21st — based on the coveted demo, as measured against the last original episode.
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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 and not repeats. The data is sorted by the all-important 18-49 demographic averages. The closer a show is to the bottom, the more likely it is to be cancelled. Fridays and Saturdays are the least-watched nights of TV so those shows get lower numbers.
|Demo rank||Scripted TV Shows||Average viewership
|1||Two and a Half Men (renewed)||14.22||4.5||---|
|2||The Big Bang Theory (renewed)||12.80||4.1||---|
|4||NCIS: Los Angeles||16.49||3.5||---|
|4||Mike & Molly||11.35||3.5||---|
|4||How I Met Your Mother (renewed)||8.84||3.5||---|
|8||$#*! My Dad Says||10.42||3.0||---|
|11||Rules of Engagement||8.62||2.9||down|
|13||Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior||10.01||2.5||---|
|16||The Good Wife||11.71||2.2||---|
|Demo rank||News or Reality TV Shows||Average viewership
|1||Survivor (fall, renewed)||12.17||3.7||---|
|2||The Amazing Race (fall, renewed)||10.93||3.3||---|
|3||Survivor (spring, renewed)||11.04||3.2||---|
|5||The Amazing Race (spring)||9.53||2.7||---|
|7||Live to Dance||6.23||1.4||---|
|8||48 Hours Mystery||5.81||1.2||---|
Raw data: © The Nielsen Company via Media Week.
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