Springtime is a hopeful one at the broadcast networks, as they embark on filming pilots and hope that one of them is that next big hit. It’s also a stressful one for some existing shows, which are waiting to hear if they’ll be back for another year.
CBS has once again removed much of the suspense from its May upfront announcement by renewing the vast majority of its prime-time schedule for 2014-15. The network’s ratings have taken a hit this season, but it still boasts the most stable schedule of any of the broadcast nets.
There are still four shows, however, that are awaiting word on their futures, and that’s where you come in. Two of the three dramas on the bubble are marginal at best, but the remaining one — “The Mentalist” — and comedy “The Crazy Ones” could go either way. Let’s see how they stack up.
The case for it: For the season, its Live +7 ratings (10.9 million viewers, 3.0 in adults 18-49) are virtually identical to those of the already renewed “Two and a Half Men” (11.5 million, 3.1) and “Mike & Molly” (10.8 million, 3.0).
The case against it: It’s faded some after a strong start, and “Men” has been drawing better overnight ratings at 9 o’clock than “The Crazy Ones” did before their timeslot switch.
‘Hostages’ and ‘Intelligence’
The case for them: Not great, in either instance. Thanks to a post-“NCIS” premiere in January, “Intelligence” has the bigger total audience, but they’re at the bottom of the network’s lineup in adults 18-49.
The case against them: Both have been a downgrade from previous timeslot occupant “Hawaii Five-0″ on Monday nights, putting CBS in a rare third-place situation at 10 p.m.
The case for it: It’s still a factor on Sunday nights, usually finishing on or just below the lead in its 10 p.m. time period. Its Live +7 rating among adults 18-49 (2.3) is running within 0.3 of last season’s number.
The case against it: Even if they’re not down a lot, the 18-49 ratings are still down. For an aging and therefore likely expensive show, that’s not good news.
Voting will remain open through Tuesday, April 15. You can also vote in bubble polls for ABC,
The CW, FOX and NBC.