Once again we stand in vigil while gazing at the broadcast schedule, watching and waiting to see which prime-time series will be the next to … snuff it.
Morbid, we know.
Here’s a status update on nearly all the current shows on the five broadcast networks. Though ratings are still key, a show’s fate is increasingly impacted by other factors: ABC’s Revenge would likely get axed if it weren’t for its impressive DVR numbers. The CW’s Reign has improved odds because of it’s co-produced in-house and ABC’s Neighbors may survive because the bar is lower on Fridays. So we spoke with insiders to try and craft an accurate prognosis for each show. Let’s start with …
How I Met Your Mother: Nice to meet you, mom! You kids have a nice life.
2 Broke Girls: Nothing broken here. Look for the girls to keep on serving.
Mike & Molly: Its numbers are just as good as New Girl, which is considered a “hit” at Fox. Since it’s from CBS’ MVP Chuck Lorre, it’s likely to earn another season.
Mom: See Mike & Molly.
Intelligence: Awfully dumb ratings, though adds 3 million viewers from DVRs. Too early to call.
Hostages: Nice CBS attempt to break out of its procedural drama grind, but it’s finished.
NCIS: No brainer.
NCIS: LA: Ditto
Person of Interest: Ditto squared.
Elementary: Ditto tripled.
Survivor: RENEWED Never has a show been more appropriately titled.
Criminal Minds: Fans just can’t enough of murdered women.
CSI: As long as Leslie Moonves is at CBS, CSI has a home.
Big Bang Theory: Of course.
The Millers: A pretty good shot.
The Crazy Ones: A relatively strong performer. Looks promising.
Two and a Half Men: A huge question mark given its falling ratings and high price tag.
Hawaii Five-0: A fine Friday night show for Joe Lunchpail. It’ll stick around.
Blue Bloods: Same as above, and recently hitting a series high in viewers didn’t hurt.
Amazing Race: No finish line in sight.
The Good Wife: Demo ratings are weak, but the show’s acclaim has guaranteed it a renewal.
The Mentalist: With Red John (the show’s big villain) dead, the veteran drama now has to creatively reboot. Must come back after the Olympics and perform well to keep its spot.