Last year, the freshman outing of the Instinct TV show ran on CBS as a mid-season replacement. Although it didn’t do all that well in the Nielsen ratings, it wasn’t cancelled. Now that the procedural is back for a second season, will it thrive and grow its audience as a summer TV series, or die on the vine? Will Instinct be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A CBS crime thriller based on the James Patterson novel, Murder Games, Instinct stars Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews, and Sharon Leal. The 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). Season two kicks off with Dylan reinstated as NYPD consultant, where he can at turns impress and irritate Lizzie. Meanwhile, Dylan’s husband, Andy (Ings), pursues adoption as a way for the couple to finally become parents.
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.
8/26 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The first season of Instinct on CBS averaged a 0.63 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 6.664 million total viewers.
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 third season on CBS?
*8/17/19 update: CBS has cancelled the Instinct TV show.