CBS Predictions: Why Isn’t ‘Mom’ Certain To Be Renewed?

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TV Grim Reaper predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2015-16 season in May, 2016.

The Big Bang Theoryalready renewed
Mom🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The TV Grim Reaper will bring plenty of bad news for TV show fans this season, but his first predictions of the new season are always good news!

While it’s highly likely, why isn’t Mom season four renewal a certainty?

Mom, like all veteran CBS sitcoms but The Odd Couple, is produced by Warner Brothers. Until last season, it was seemingly guaranteed that every show with three full seasons of at least 66 episodes would get a fourth season, but when The Mindy Project  (produced by NBCU) was cancelled by Fox after 67 episodes that certain guarantee was proven unreliable.

Henceforth, in such cases of third party producers, another rule will apply:

The Very Strong Suggestion Of The Syndication Gods
A show that finishes its third season with at least 66 episodes, but isn’t produced by the network’s own studio, is very likely but not certain to be renewed for a fourth season.

For those not scoring at home, The Big Bang Theory was renewed for 3 seasons in May, 2014.

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*shows no longer on the air have their Reaper Index “frozen” at the point they left the schedule.


😳certain to be cancelled by May, 2016
😥 😥more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2016
😐 😐 😐toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2016
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2016
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:certain to be renewed by May, 2016

The Reaper Index is the ratio of a scripted show’s new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It’s calculated by dividing a show’s new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show’s own network. The network’s average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ex. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

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