Procedurals usually fare pretty well on CBS, but the old standbys like the NCIS franchise and Blue Bloods are starting to show some wear and tear. Enter the new Instinct TV show, based on the James Patterson novel, Murder Games. Should fans trust the Tiffany Network’s gut on this one? Will Instinct be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A crime thriller, Instinct stars Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews, and Sharon Leal. The CBS drama centers on Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming), a former CIA operative who is lured out of his peaceful retirement as a university professor and author, to help NYPD Detective Lizzie Needham (Novakovic) catch a serial killer. Dylan’s old CIA colleague, Julian Cousins (Andrews), lends a hand, along with Lizzie’s C.O., Lt. Jasmine Gooden (Leal). Meanwhile, Dylan’s husband, Andy (Ings), worries his spouse has forsaken their agreement to permanently leave his past in the past.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Instinct TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for second season on CBS?
*5/12/18 update: CBS has renewed Instinct for a second season. Details here.