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CHAOS: CBS Pulls New Series After Three Episodes; Cancelled?

CHAOSRight on schedule, CBS has decided to ditch their new Friday night TV series, CHAOS, after just a few weeks on the air. The show stumbled in the ratings right from the start and never recovered. It’s no longer on the air but is it cancelled?

A dramatic comedy, CHAOS follows a small group of CIA misfit spies who make up the Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services (CAOS). In addition to taking on threats to national security, they also must take on redtape and typical government bureaucracy. The TV series stars Freddy Rodriguez, Eric Close, James Murray, Tim Blake Nelson, Carmen Ejogo, Christina Cole, and Kurtwood Smith.

As detailed here, CHAOS debuted to a horrible 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.53 million viewers. That was quite a bit lower than the season average of Medium, a series that CBS cancelled because of poor ratings.

In the second week, CHAOS fell even lower to a 0.9 rating in the demo and 5.73 million viewers. Last Friday night, bumped up ever so slightly in the demo, to a 1.0 rating and 5.683 million. Unfortunately, that was far from enough of a gain to save the TV series.

CBS has pulled CHAOS from the schedule effective immediately. This week, a rerun of CSI: NY will fill the timeshot — and probably get better ratings. Next week, the previously scheduled The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty will air. Then, beginning on May 6th, new episodes of Flashpoint will take over.

The network has 10 episodes of CHAOS left sitting on the shelf. CBS hasn’t said if there are any plans to release the unaired installments. Though CHAOS hasn’t been officially cancelled yet, there’s no way that they’ll be renewing it for a second season.

UPDATE: A statement from CBS indicates that the show will return to the schedule at some point in the future.

What do you think? Why did the TV show do so poorly, even by Friday night standards? Will you miss CHAOS?


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Junio September 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Chaos is great!! My friend and me want it back!!!


suzanne March 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

My husband & I fell in love with the series. We want it back on television or at least give us the opportunity to view the shows! Please bring it back!


vira January 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

Chaos mustn’t be cancelled. please. Im begging you.. return it,, I wanted it to be back..:0


Hyperspeech November 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Bring it back!!! I saw this show once before it was taken off the air: loved it as much as NCIS. I have spent months trying to find the show online and finally did at gorillavid. I’m happy to hear that there are additional episodes in a can somewhere. Open the can and put them on the air.


Vincent September 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

I Love This Kick Ass Show! It should come back with a Second season ! please CBS, This is not the right Show to be cancelled! Please bring it Back! :) :) :) Please Bring CHAOS Back!!!


TJGeezer August 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Trust network bureaucrats not to understand why an unusual show deserves time to catch on. Nothing has changed since NBC canceled Star Trek back in the 1960s and threw away its chance for one of the most valuable franchises in TV/movie history. I can’t count the number of terrific shows Fox has canceled for reasons never publicly explained.

Still… is it gone or just being reworked into something less imaginative or worth watching by too many vice presidents? Maybe it’ll be back in neutered form.


Kirk July 25, 2012 at 1:38 am

CBS I really do not like you right know because you canceled on of my favorite shows. I loved that show pluse you can’t cancel a show that’s got bad ratings after a few weeks you got to give it a few mounths. Till y’all put it back on then to me you just suck.


Anika July 20, 2012 at 1:40 am

I must say I loved CHAOS!!! I only recently started watching it and was devastated when I found out that there are only 13 episodes…. Although I must say one thing I can understand why the ratings fell through the mat, why? There are a lot of little things that are out of place or never picked up again, for example, why was Adele being followed? At the end of the season I had forgotten that she was followed, if I had not watched it again I would never have remembered…. So its little things like that I think they should iron out and the show will be a big hit, because it has the potential to be a BIG hit!!!


Andrea July 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I just found the show online . Im very upset that cbs has decided to cancel it. I am tired of reality series and Chaos was both funny and exciting to watch . Please give it another chance


James Williams July 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

CHAOS was awesome! I want it back!!!


Harith July 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I am still waiting for the return of the show. Really its an interesting show and funny as well. we are really missing it. No, i dont want another dose of reality TV.


Peg June 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

My husband and I loved Chaos. Sometimes I think the media does a terrible job describing a show. We loved it and think it should be put back on.


Mare June 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Jennifer’s (5/24/12) comments echo mine & my husband’s: we’ve been waiting for the show to return. Can’t believe it’s been cancelled. Why do they always get rid of good, new shows, barely giving them a chance, just to put on more insipid reality tv? My family will miss CHAOS.


Cousins June 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Chaos was great and I enjoyed the characters too bad CBS you cancelled a show that was witty and amusing. There wasn’t blood letting all over the screen and you could use your imagination to imagin what would happen to Freddy’s character. Please bring it back , it was better than reality shows that being aired now.


Robin June 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

Chaos is a great show. It is so funny and also interesting to watch the plots unfold. This was not the right show to cancel. C’mon CBS, buy a clue. You could have at least made it a summer show for 2012!


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