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Cold Case: Sunday Experiment Significantly Boosts Ratings, Is It Enough?

Cold CaseAs solid as most of CBS’ schedule looks, the network has been having trouble with their Sunday night schedule.

Both Three Rivers and Cold Case have been under-performing and are expected to be cancelled. Three Rivers hasn’t been given a full season order and it looks like it will end after 13 episodes in January. Cold Case has a full season order of 22 episodes but it’s not likely to be renewed for an eighth season next May.

CBS decided to try an experiment this week and switched the shows’ timeslots. The result? Well, Three Rivers didn’t benefit by the experiment but Cold Case did.

Sunday night, Three Rivers brought in just a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.888 million viewers. That’s down from last week and essentially par for the course.

One hour earlier however, Cold Case drew a 2.1 rating and 9.547 million total viewers. That’s an increase of 23% in the demo from one week earlier. It’s also the second-highest rating of the season in the demo and in total viewers.

Unfortunately for Cold Case fans, the numbers are still low and unlikely to change the show’s cancellation fate. On the positive side, it’s expected that CBS will air all of this season’s episodes.

What do you think? Does the increase in Cold Case’s numbers give you some hope for an eighth season or are you okay with it being cancelled?

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Anonymous February 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Bring cold case back


amberly September 19, 2012 at 7:47 am

I look forward to watching back to back episodes every tuesday ,but wish i could see Cold Case nightly!! I have watched CSI, A&E’s Cold Case shows and many others, but CBS’ Cold Case is by far my favorite .!!!


Paige M. November 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm



B eckey November 10, 2010 at 7:04 am

Bring Cold Case back!!!!!!!! I have been waiting and just found out its cancelled > My favorite show ever!!!


Lisa Emack November 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Sad to see so many great cbs shows being cancelled…. Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Numbers, With out a Trace…… Cbs, what are you thinking? You were once my most watched network… now? not so much……


marlene October 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm

i love cold case – the best show ever!!! what bonehead made the decision to cancel it?


casey October 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm

we need more interesting shows like NCIS and COLD CASE likeable characters and great story lines !!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANX for listening


casey October 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm

BRING COLD CASE BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i cant believe they took this show off the air and they leave a crappy show like csi miami
with that awful actor david caruso (all these actors are bad) on the air cold case was a cool show different too bad the whoever they ares have the say so!!!!!!! COME ON JERRY BRING IT BACK PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Barbara Owens October 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Please don’t take off Cold Case, one of the most unusual and interesting dramas on TV big mistake if cancelled


David September 26, 2010 at 12:46 am

Cold Case and Without A Trace, get real CBS. These are the # 1 shows that that CBS has on the air, And football running over time in most of the cases. CBS GET REAL…… GET A LIFE.


Robert B September 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm

It’s no wonder CBS struggles with Sunday night shows. With football running over most of the time, you never know when the night time shows will be on !!!


christi September 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm

i canceling good show and put dumb show


christi September 13, 2010 at 8:38 pm

all canceling good show and put on dumb show


gloria September 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm

we are so upset about cold case being canceled.. it was our favorite show what is going on?


betty bequette August 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Cold Case is the best show ever. I can not believe it has been cancelled


Nell June 11, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Cancel “Cold Case?” You’ve got to be kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Foul Ball!


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