Three Rivers and Cold Case: Up in the Ratings; Enough to Save Them?

Cold CaseFreshman medical drama Three Rivers and veteran Cold Case have been struggling since the start of the season. Last night, there was an increase in viewership. So, does that mean that they’re safe?

Three Rivers revolves around a group of physicians and their support staff who help needy patients get life-saving organ transplants. The series stars Alex O’Loughlin, Katherine Moennig, Daniel Henney, Justina Machado, Christopher Hanke, Amber Clayton, and Alfre Woodard.

Cold Case follows a team of Philadelphia police detectives who work to solve long-unsolved murders. The venerable drama features Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford, Thom Barry, and Tracie Thoms.

As many fans of these shows are well aware, the series have been struggling in the ratings.

The first six installments of Three Rivers averaged a poor 1.8 in the 18-49 demographic and 7.93 million total viewers. Last night, the numbers bumped up a bit to a 2.0 rating and 8.45 million viewers. While that’s an increase of 10%, the numbers are still not good. The series is unlikely to be saved from cancellation but word is that the network is considering ordering up to five additional installments.

The situation is similar for Cold Case. While the veteran crime drama will still likely air a full season of 22 episodes, it’s very unlikely to return for 2010-11.

Likely because they have nothing to lose, CBS execs are changing up the schedule a bit for next week, says THR. Cold Case will air at 9pm and Three Rivers will get the 10pm slot.

In the past, Cold Case has performed well with a strong lead-in and this change will give it a better lead-in with The Amazing Race. The 10pm timeslot is a bit less competitive so that might help Three Rivers. Or conversely, the move might confuse viewers and both shows could sink lower in the ratings.

What do you think? Is this a good move for Three Rivers and Cold Case or more like “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titantic?”

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  1. says

    leave cold case on maybe the ratings went down because you moved it to 10 on sun when people go to bed early for work put it back to 8 or 9 and leave it there when you keep moving things around we get confused i thought it was canceled because it wasn’t on at 8
    stop messing with the schedule and get rid of 3 rivers and the medical shows

  2. Diane Hettrick says

    Please do not cancel Three Rivers and Cold Case – remove Undercover Boss (which stinks) and put Cold Case back to 9pm EST on Sunday’s and Three Rivers immediately following. The Amazing Race is also a GREAT waste of TV time.

  3. rose says

    i love cold case and i do believe that it should be put back on at 9 sometimes cbs is just stupid they took off shark and i swear they are forcing me to watch other networks

  4. debbi says

    put cold case on wednesday night at 9pm followed by csi n.y. that would be one heck of a 2 hours of t.v. my personal opinion is Sunday night is bad because people are winding down getting ready for the work/school week

  5. pl says

    Put Cold Case back to the 9pm time slot and leave it there…Bring them back for the 2010-2011 season.. It is one of the BEST shows on the air!!

  6. Jaz says

    I love Cold Case, and would hate to see it cancelled. They need to go back to the old format, though, and stop getting into all the personal crap that has taken up time that should be devoted to the cases at-hand.

  7. tricia hensley says

    Don’t get rid of Cold Case! I love that show and along with some others will have nothing to watch if it’s cancelled! I don’t have cable and my options are limited. Please don’t make me watch Amazing Race! :(

    • Londa Badgley says

      Yes bring back my cold case shows, and Three Rivers too
      ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now

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