CBS Cancels Five Series

For months now, we’ve been wondering whether crime scene investigators in Miami or New York would get the pink slip as rumors circulated that one (or both) of the CSI spinoffs would get canceled.

We now know the answer. And it looks like David Caruso will be hanging up his shades for good after 10 seasons.

CBS has canceled the costlier of the two, so CSI: MIAMI will not return next season. CSI: NY, the cheaper of the two spinoffs, earned a reprieve and will be back for its ninth season.

The ax fell on four of the Network’s freshmen series.

UNFORGETTABLE, featuring Poppy Montgomery as a detective who can’t forget anything, except for the circumstances surrounding her sister’s death, apparently failed to be memorable enough for viewers.

CBS offered no life support to medical drama, A GIFTED MAN, starring Patrick Wilson as a talented neurologist haunted by the ghost of his ex-wife. Wilson caused a minor controversy when he tweeted that after hearing rumor after rumor about whether the show would return, he couldn’t be happier now the question was actually answered, adding that “As good as it was (sometimes) it was not what I signed on for.”

The sitcom ROB! actually looked quite promising when it began, boosting Thursday night numbers while paired with BIG BANG THEORY. But by the end of eight episodes, the numbers slipped enough to get it yanked.

NYC22 didn’t catch on quickly enough, and the show about rookie cops in the Big Apple is now permanently off duty.

Of the five shows, which one will you miss the most?

CBS Wins May Sweeps, Nielsen Says

For the eighth time in the last nine years, CBS will live up to its slogan, “America’s Most Watched Network.”

That’s according to estimates from Nielsen, the company that measures television ratings, released on Tuesday.

The Network placed second behind Fox in the Adults 18-49 demographic for the fifth straight year. And CBS also airs the top-rated scripted program on all seven nights of the week. Those programs, night by night starting with Monday, are TWO AND A HALF MEN, NCIS, CRIMINAL MINDS, THE MENTALIST, BLUE BLOODS, CRIMETIME SATURDAY and CSI:MIAMI.

It also holds the distinction of holding more top 10 scripted shows in Adults 18-49 than any other network. Those four are BIG BANG THEORY in 2nd place, NCIS in 4th, TWO AND A HALF MEN in 6th and CRIMINAL MINDS in the 10th place slot.

In household ratings, and as of Sunday night, CBS had an overall 7.1 rating. Fox had a 5.5, just two-tenths of a point above ABC. NBC trailed with a 4.4.

May ratings information is important to television stations because they help stations set ad rates for the fall holiday season.

Mark Your Calendars! Season Finales Are On the Way!

With the start of May comes a parade of season finales of your favorite sitcoms and dramas. You’ll also see cliffhangers and a few surprises along the way, too.

Here’s a quick rundown of when to catch the final new episodes of the season for some of your most-watched shows. Continue reading

CBS to Reschedule Missed CSI:Miami

Sunday night’s episode of CSI:MIAMI did not air because the NFL game went into overtime.

We’ve already received questions from fans of the show about what they can do to see the episode they missed. The good news is that they haven’t missed anything, after all.

CBS announced it will broadcast the episode intended for this past Sunday next Sunday, November 14th.

In this episode, titled, “Reality Kills,” when the star of a reality show is murdered, the team investigates the cast, the obsessed fans and the stars’ hidden pasts.

The episode airs Sunday at 10:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Two CBS Shows Among World’s Most Watched

Yes, we said World’s, not America’s!

Late last week, the forensic & police procedural hit CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION received Monte Carlo TV Festival’s International Television Audience Award in the drama series category.

The award is given to the shows with the biggest audience in the world.  For CSI:, that amounts to almost 74 million viewers around the globe.  It’s the third time in four years that the show received the recognition.  Last year, it was edged out by Fox’s House.  CSI: also was named most-watched in 2007 and 2008.  Its sister show, CSI: MIAMI, won in 2006.

A second network series received the honor as the most watched daytime show. Continue reading

CBS Announces New Fall Schedule

CBS will introduce six new shows this fall, including a remake of a classic police drama and a sequel to a Wednesday night hit.

The news comes during the network’s Upfront presentation, a special pitch to potential advertisers that gives them an early look at the fall lineup in the hopes of attracting early sponsorship commitments.

One of the most anticipated shows coming in the fall is HAWAII FIVE-O, a remake of the 1970s police drama of the same title that also aired on CBS.  That means a new generation will get to grow up hearing the famous line, “Book ‘em, Dano.”  Continue reading

CBS Plans Big Things for May!

It’s time to talk season finales! May on CBS will bring the big finales to THE AMAZING RACE and SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLIANS, plus cliffhangers for your favorite regular series.

We’ve made a list of the biggest shows and brief descriptions of what you can expect. So get your calendars and jot down these dates because you’ll definitely want to make sure you’re tuned in to LIVE 5 WCSC: Continue reading

Monday’s Prime Time Buzz

Here’s tonight’s prime time buzz:

Tonight at 8:00pm: When Robin and Barney break up, Barney pulls out all of his greatest tricks to get himself back into the dating scene, on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

Tonight at 8:30pm: To make Audrey happy, Jeff begrudgingly agrees to see a couple’s therapist. Meanwhile, Russell develops a crush on Timmy’s fiancé, on RULES OF ENGAGEMENT.

Tonight at 9:00pm: Chelsea invites her beautiful college roommate to stay at the house while she gets over a bad breakup, on TWO AND A HALF MEN.

Tonight at 9:30pm: With Leonard, Howard and Raj away camping in the desert, an injured Penny has only Sheldon to rely on, on THE BIG BANG THEORY.

And at 10:00pm: The CSIs recreate a night of bachelor party debauchery in order to solve a murder and find a missing groom, on CSI: MIAMI.

Tonight at 11:35pm on THE LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN: Actor Robin Williams; Paige Miles, the latest contestant voted off “American Idol”; musical guest Usher.

Monday’s Prime Time Buzz

Here’s a quick look at tonight’s prime time lineup:

Tonight at 8:00pm: When Ted ruins Lily’s birthday dinner celebration by bringing a date, Lily goes to great lengths to keep her out of the traditional photo she takes every year of the gang, on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

Tonight at 8:30pm: Audrey is upset when Jeff reveals to her that he doesn’t believe she saw her dead grandmother’s ghost. Meanwhile, Russell tries to persuade Timmy not to go through with his arranged marriage, on RULES OF ENGAGEMENT.

Tonight at 9:00pm: Charlie has a return engagement with Chelsea’s best friend, while Alan has an unexpected effect on a new female patient, on TWO AND A HALF MEN.

Tonight at 9:30pm: Sheldon’s friends come to his aid when his fear of public speaking stands between him and a coveted award, on THE BIG BANG THEORY.

Tonight at 10:00pm: When Horatio’s son Kyle returns from war, he seeks his father’s help to solve a murder, on CSI: MIAMI.

Then at 11:35pm on THE LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN: Actor Greg Kinnear; Lacey Brown, the latest contestant voted off “American Idol”; musical guest Michael Buble; a Top Ten List presented by CBS News’ “The Early Show” Anchor Harry Smith.