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One week from now, all hell will break loose in broadcast TV. Between the 11th and 14th of May, the big five networks, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX and The CW will hold their annual upfronts, during which they announce their Fall schedules. Current shows that do not appear on these schedules are automatically cancelled. CBS’ upfront takes place during the morning of May 13th, but networks usually renew or cancel their current shows a few days before their upfront meeting.

What? CBS Upfront
When? May 13th, morning
Where? New York City

These are our final renewal and cancellation predictions before the upfronts. As soon as the decisions are announced, we will update this list. Below the list, we explain how we came to these predictions.

ShowStatus / Prediction
The Big Bang TheoryRenewed on March 12th, 2014
Mike & MollyRenewed on March 11th
2 Broke GirlsRenewed on March 12th
NCIS: New OrleansRenewed on January 12th
MomRenewed on March 11th
Madam SecretaryRenewed on January 12th
ScorpionRenewed on January 12th
Person Of InterestCertain Renewal
NCISCertain Renewal
Criminal MindsCertain Renewal
NCIS: Los AngelesCertain Renewal
Blue BloodsCertain Renewal
ElementaryCertain Renewal
The Odd CoupleCertain Renewal
CSI: CyberCertain Renewal
The Good WifeLikely Renewal
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationLikely Cancellation
Hawaii Five-0Likely Cancellation
Battle CreekCertain Cancellation
StalkerCertain Cancellation
The McCarthysEffectively Cancelled on February 4th
The MillersCancelled on November 15th
The MentalistFinal Season
Two And A Half MenFinal Season

Even though CBS has already renewed a substantial amount of series, there are still a lot of series waiting for a renewal or cancellation. We find that a number of them are certain to be renewed or cancelled, while others are likely renewed or cancelled, but – for a wide range of reasons – do not have a certain fate.

NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles have been consistently pulling in ratings that are far above the CBS drama average, making their renewal prediction quite straightforward. Elementary’s renewal prediction has a very different but equally straightforward reason: The series is in its third season and is therefore coming close to syndication if it gets renewed. Syndication deals are a good source of extra income for a production company and it means even low-rating series can get renewed. And then there is The Odd Couple, which had the The Big Bang Theory lead-in, which resulted in high ratings. Therefore, The Odd Couple is a Certain Renewal.

Person Of Interest and Blue Bloods are also certain to be renewed, due to their syndication deals. That means that every new episode of the series will bring in money, even if the ratings aren’t great. CBS does not produce Person Of Interest. That, in fact, is done by Warner Brothers. However, the network will likely get a price reduction when picking up another season of a series in syndication. After all, Warner Brothers would very much like to make money from the syndication deals, so providing CBS with an incentive to buy the series is in their best interest

Not all series are fortunate enough to be renewed. Between the low-scoring CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Cyber, CBS will most likely decide to keep only one. Since the low ratings, the reduced 15th season and the last remaining original cast member (George Eads) leaving all seem to indicate that there is no saving CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, we predict CBS will choose to keep CSI: Cyber (and with it the award-winning Patricia Arquette). We have heard rumours and whispers that a shortened final season could be a possibility for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, so that there will be a proper wrap-up of the series’ storyline.

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  • That is exactly what the text says. WB will want to push it to syndication so it will lower the licensing fee for CBS. That means it will be cheaper for CBS. Clearly that makes it more likely to be renewed, especially since it is not doing that bad for a 10pm show.

    • BillyRay999

      it’s bleeding viewers and it is not that great at 10 pm