A couple weeks ago, CBS debuted a new Friday night series, taking over the 8pm timeslot previously held by The Defenders and Medium. The latter was cancelled and ended in January while The Defenders performed terribly and is almost guaranteed not to be renewed. So, how does CHAOS stack up? Another cancellation or an easy renewal?
CHAOS is a dramady that follows a group of rogue CIA spies in the Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services (CHAOS) division. They take on threats to national security and combat in-fighting, incompetence and bureaucratic gridlock. The TV show stars Freddy Rodriguez, Eric Close, James Murray, Tim Blake Nelson, Carmen Ejogo, Christina Cole, and Kurtwood Smith.
The series debuted to a truly terrible 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.53 million total viewers. While the show won its timeslot in total viewers, it’s the demo number that really matters to the network and its advertisers. The demo number was so bad that CHAOS was actually lower than a repeat of FOX’s Kitchen Nightmares reality show.
In week two, CHAOS dropped even lower — to a 0.9 demo rating and 5.73 million viewers. It seems very likely that CHAOS’ numbers will drop even lower tonight.
After just two weeks on the air, CHAOS is averaging a 1.0 rating and 6.13 million viewers. Medium was cancelled in that timeslot for only being able to muster a 1.4 season average and that’s significantly better than CHAOS. The Defenders averaged a 1.3 rating on Friday nights and its essentially doomed so there’s just no way CHAOS will survive.
CBS ordered 13 episodes of CHAOS and it seems that they’ve already been produced. If they hadn’t, CBS would be shutting down production to cut their losses.
As it is, unless the numbers go up, CBS will very likely pull the series from the schedule very soon. They can probably get better ratings by airing reruns of their crime dramas. They could ship the series off to Saturday nights but reruns already get about the same numbers on that night and CHAOS probably wouldn’t do as well. In short, CHAOS is a bomb.
But, what do you think? Do you like the TV series? Should CBS keep running it or take it off the air and cancel it already?
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