First of all, thanks for all your votes and passionate comments in the first of Zap2it’s Bubble Shows polls. In the next of our network-by-network assessment of what’s in danger of cancellation, we turn our attention to CBS.
At the top of the heap, CBS is doing just fine — it has eight of the top 10 scripted series on TV this season in terms of total viewers, and in the adults 18-49 demographic it’s in a very solid second, behind FOX. But it also has a number of middle-of-the-pack shows that, given the network’s remorseless ways in cutting shows that are on the downslope of their ratings curves, could be in danger.
Consequently, this list is longer than ABC’s and includes several comedies as well as a few dramas. Our question to you remains the same, though: Should the network keep or kill them?
The case for it: It performed reasonably well in the 8:30 p.m. Monday spot in the fall, holding about 87 percent of “How I Met Your Mother’s” viewers (it’s averaging 7.74 million viewers, including repeats) and 80 percent of “HIMYM’s” demo rating (2.9 vs. 3.6 for its lead-in).
The case against it: Those numbers aren’t as good as “Rules of Engagement,” which is currently drawing better overall and demo ratings in the 8:30 Monday slot. The show moves to Wednesday starting March 31 and will have to hold or build on its “Old Christine” lead-in to be safe.
The case for it: It’s been its usual steady self this season, averaging a shade under 10 million viewers for the year.
The case against it: Its demo rating (2.2) is not special. Like “Without a Trace” last season, it’s an older show (this is its seventh season) that’s not delivering the way it once did.
The case for it: Of CBS’ Wednesday night comedies, it has slightly healthier demographic than its companion show, “Old Christine” (2.2 vs. 2.0). It’s also co-produced by CBS Television Studios, the network’s production sibling.
The case against it: Neither that demo rating nor its overall viewership (6.6 million) is that impressive. It could come down to either this or “Accidentally on Purpose.”
The case for it: As the network hoped, the former NBC series has fit in nicely with CBS’ Friday lineup. It draws 8.3 million viewers per week and a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and wins its timeslot in both measures.
The case against it: Six seasons into its life, “Medium” is not a cheap show to make.
The case for it: The show has survived cancellation rumors for the past several seasons, and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has earned four consecutive Emmy nominations for playing the title character.
The case against it: Not to sound like a broken record here, but its ratings (6.8 million viewers, 2.0 in 18-49) aren’t really up to CBS standards. If the network has a good comedy development season, we could see both veteran Wednesday shows cleared out.
The case for it: Not especially good at this point. The series has already finished its season, and leads David Krumholtz and Rob Morrow have taken pilot roles — never a good sign for an aging show.
The case against it: It’s down close to a million viewers from last season (8.4 million vs. 9.35 million last year) and draws a meager 1.9 rating in the demo.
You can still vote in the ABC bubble polls, and look out later in the week for posts on FOX, NBC and CW shows that are in danger.
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