From Inside Blip
'Unforgettable' Becomes Season's Highest-Rated Casualty
CBS also parts ways with 'CSI: Miami' after a long run
by MICHAEL HINMAN, posted May-14-2012
Source: Entertainment Weekly
When Inside Blip made its predictions on what shows would live and what would die, we knew that one of the CSI series would be gone. We just thought it would be the lower-rated "CSI: New York."
We were wrong. And so were a lot of other people, too.
CBS instead dumped "CSI: Miami" after 10 seasons, and the show isn't even being given a chance to go out on its own terms (that's because not only has filming wrapped, but so have the airing of new episodes).
It joined a short list of new cancellations from CBS that include the high-rated "Unforgettable." And it's not just high-rated -- it's actually the highest-rated cancellation of the season.
"Unforgettable," which starred Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, averaged a 7.3 rating/12 share, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. That made it the second-best new show through the end of April (behind only "Person of Interest"), and kept it right within television's top 12 overall. Its numbers were so strong that it would be the No. 1 program on NBC, No. 3 on ABC (behind "Dancing With the Stars" and "Modern Family"), and No. 2 on Fox (behind "American Idol").
But for CBS, "Unforgettable" was just average. It was ranked No. 8 on the network's schedule out of 25 shows, and actually matched the season average CBS was picking up this season so far.
The series also finished ahead of not just "CSI: Miami," but actually all the CSI series. The mothership show, "CSI," averaged a 7.2/12, just enough to keep it in CBS' top 10, while "Miami" was ranked No. 16 with a 6.5/11 and "CSI: New York" No. 19 with a 6.3/11.
All of the shows mentioned were actually in television's top 25. Interestingly enough, the top 25 is losing three shows this year -- all on CBS. They include not only "Unforgettable" and "CSI: Miami," but also the Rob Schneider comedy appropriately titled "Rob." That show averaged a 6.7/10, good for No. 19 overall.
If the top 25 holds their places by the end of the season, it would top last year's top 25 with the most cancellations. Last year, networks kept all the shows that finished there, including "CSI: Miami" (No. 21). CBS, however, did create the highest-rated cancellation of last season, as well. It was the William Shatner comedy ""$#*! My Dad Says," which finished No. 26 overall with a 6.3/10.
For those keeping score, when Inside Blip made its predictions of CBS' schedule early last month, it had "Unforgettable" and "Rob" as "Safe Bets," meaning we felt they had a very strong chance to return.
We also had "CSI: Miami" as "Still Bouncing," meaning it was on the bubble, but had a better chance than not of renewal, while "CSI: New York" was listed "About To Pop." So yep, on those four choices, we went 0-for-4.
I wish another network would pick it up!
"This time I'm gonna get it right. I'm gonna paint my face like the Guggenheim!"