What gives with the long wait? Well, think of this as the network keeping its cards close to the vest. They are the last network to wait on renewing many of their bubble shows, though they have already ordered many of their new series for the upcoming season. Based on current information out there, here is where some of these shows stand.
Elementary – Prospects are still solid for the Jonny Lee Miller series to return thanks mostly to off-network syndication, international sales, and DVR / screaming data. Also, remember that CBS owns the show and doesn’t have to share profits. This is important.
The Great Indoors – It’s looking dead. Ratings fell hard without The Big Bang Theory around as a lead-in, and that doesn’t bode well for the future.
Hunted – Because of it being a reality series, there may be added incentive in CBS picking it up as a fill-in for midseason. It’s an impressive operation hiring the various operatives and hunters, but it still is cost-effective compared to scripted entities.
The Amazing Race – You can almost copy and paste much of the same thing here. Also, consider the added incentive of CBS getting to end the show on a big number like season 30. It’s a much better ending in terms of optics than season 29.
Code Black – This could go either way. The ratings are better than some other bubble shows; however, these numbers are impeded by the fact that CBS does not have full ownership of the ABC Studios product. Much like 2 Broke Girls, this dims its prospects.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders – This show is in the same boat as Code Black. Its ratings are worse than the medical drama, and because of it coming from an outside studio, it doesn’t reap the same international rewards that it would an NCIS spin-off.
Which CBS bubble show do you want to see back for another season? Sound off with some of your thoughts below!
Rest assured — once there is further news to pass along on some of these shows, we will pass it along. (Photo: CBS.)