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CHAOS: How Long Before the TV Series’ Cancelled?

CHAOS canceled soon?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.

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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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Max September 24, 2011 at 5:55 am

Great Show. Actually got on line to find out where it went. Funny, Entertaining, Silly….loved the show. BRING IT BACK!

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Sherry September 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

What a cute show. Really enjoyed it but of course it was good clean fun. Not CBS material. Seems like a good show for TNT or USA. Both seem to go for different and fun programs.

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Peggy July 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I liked it a lot – it was fresh and different. The dynamic between four main characters was quick and funny, four stars in a show is more difficult than two and this team pulled it off; the plots are little wacky, but in a good, clean, entertaining way. I never did see it advertised much. CBS should give it a chance.

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Really July 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm

This a great show, so much better than covert affairs. I am amazed that such a great spy show is being so poorly promoted.

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Anonymous July 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

I should have known it was going to be cancelled because I like it. There are no gruesome crime scenes or dead bodies and I can actually watch it before I go to sleep without checking and rechecking whether I triple locked the doors. But then again it is funny and about partners working together for the common good so of course it has to go. How can you find an audience with 3 shows? Of course if you advertised it might help if people knew about it. I, too, have told family and friends about it and they say what show. C’mon CBC you got to spend money to make money so how about you tell people about this funny, well written show you’ve produced.

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LINDA July 19, 2011 at 8:42 am

I love this show!!!! I can’t believe it is being cancelled without even being given a chance.
I look forward to seeing it every week. Please bring it back, advertise it and put it in a better time slot. The characters and the writers are great. PLEASE DON’T CANCEL THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!
Why are all of the good shows cancelled?

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Anonymous July 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm

My whole family watches Chaos and just love the show. It is funny and very entertaining to watch.

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Ray July 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

This is a smart, funny and dramatic show. It is great satire. It should not be cancelled, but it appears to be too late to save it. Will it be replaced by Mad Love a real loser?

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Sambo July 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Chaos is a bomb? It is brilliant and 68% of those surveyed here want CBS to keep it. They are yanking it and showing CSI-something-or-another in its place? I don’t like the CSI series or the countless spin-offs and won’t be watching CBS in that timeslot. You say they are keeping Flashpoint? It is mediocre at best. Thanks for caring CBS…

Sad. Truly sad. Cable is eating your lunch.

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will July 5, 2011 at 6:21 am

THIS IS THE BEST NEW SHOW I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME . IT IS TRULY DISHEARTENING THAT A SMART SHOW LIKE THIS WILL BE PULLED . WHAT KIND OF MORONS DO THEY GIVE THE TEST BOXES TO ANYWAY ? I HAVE NEVER TALKED TO A SINGLE PERSON IN MY LIFE WHO EVEN KNOWS A PERSON WHO CONTRIBUTES TO THESE PHONEY RATINGS .

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Carla July 3, 2011 at 5:59 am

Please bring back CHAOS it is too soon to cancel,you needed to advertise more because I have friends and family who never heard about it.I love this show and I am missing it already,I am so unhappy about the cancellation.

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Robin July 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I love CHAOS. I hope another network will pick it up or for CBS to reconsider cancellling it. It’s very funny in the byplay between the characters on the show.

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Laura June 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

Give CHAOS a chance!! I think it’s too soon to cancel. Maybe try a different time slot.

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Dan May 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I think it´s a show, it´s not just the action but the comedy attached to it that i like.
After all it only released 3 episodes, i think that is awfully soon to cancel it already and I´m really intriged how is it gonna be the other 10 unreleased episodes.

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Lori May 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

We really enjoyed the show. Intriguing and great fun to watch, actually laughed out loud. Want more!!

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