Bill Gorman, from TV by the Numbers, keeps track of the data, statistics & ratings for television shows. He gives his opinion on the chances of Moonlight being renewed for a second season.
CBS “On The Bubble”: Jericho, Moonlight, Cane
Our Renew or Cancel? posts have been on hiatus since the new fall shows went dormant. Now we’ve got some data on the spring shows as well, and it’s time to look at the numbers and take some guesses on who’s coming back next fall and who’s going away permanently.
The Case for Moonlight
Moonlight ratings put it #30 at CBS for season to date adults 18-49, and #26 for average viewers.
Moonlight aired in a lightly viewed timeslot on Fridays, so its relative timeslot ratings matter. There it was very slightly behind Friday Night Lights [18-49, 2.90m, Viewers, 6.21m] for the 18-49 lead, but solidly in second place for average viewers behind Women’s Murder Club [18-49, 2.63m, Viewers, 8.94m].
Moonlight gets another chance to prove itself this spring with 4 new episodes starting April 25.
It’s possible that all 3 of these shows get the axe, but I think that’s unlikely. But even with CBS scrambling after the writer’s strike, I think there’s is no chance they’re all coming back.
My money is on a Moonlight renewal and Cane and Jericho cancellations.