Ratings Debate: Is a ‘Person of Interest’ season 5 renewal likely?

The latest -There are times when we have a hot-and-cold opinion on “Person of Interest.” Some episodes we find to almost be too grim and depressing for our taste; however, when this show is firing on all cylinders, it feels to us like one of the greatest shows on CBS. It can be fiercely intense, and Michael Emerson in particular is consistently fantastic. Also, this is the rare network show unafraid to make big moves a la killing off Agent Carter (Taraji P. Henson) a few seasons in.

So are Reese and Finch going to continue to have an opportunity to work alongside the Machine? Like many CBS series, this is one facing a somewhat-uncertain future. With that being said, we do still feel like it is a hopeful one for a few reasons.

The case to keep it – This is a show that is at least competitive with “Chicago Fire” in the 10:00 p.m. Eastern timeslot. Granted, it tends to routinely lose when “Chicago Fire” has the lead-in from “The Voice,” but it has distanced itself from CBS’ forever. Also, it is one of most successful 10:00 series that CBS has going for itself right now. Other than maybe “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the network can’t really count on anything higher than a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic from a show airing this late at night.

While the ratings for “Person of Interest” aren’t fantastic, let’s put it this way: CBS has way bigger fish to fry at the moment.

The case to cancel it – You do still have to consider a few other factors here. Given that many New York-set series are expensive, this one also could be. It is also a Warner Bros. series vs. a CBS-produced series, and sometimes networks tend to favor in-house shows when making tough decisions. This show also has had the benefit of a good lead-in for the past several years, so they may look at all of this and decide that they simply want to move in another direction.

Our verdict – We can envision scenarios where the show gets canceled, but we feel like it is unlikely. What is slightly more possible to us is the network cancels at least one or two of their Friday shows and tries moving something like this show or “Elementary” over there, opening up a different weekday slot for a new series. For now, “Person of Interest” is popular and successful enough to stay put.

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