The end of Cold Case & Without A Trace?

I was not a happy camper when I read this but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.   CBS might cancel Cold Case and Without a Trace.  I really enjoy both shows especially Cold Case.  I like the fact that it’s different and not overhyped like other shows.

Here’s the Nielsen ratings for week of March 2-8.

List of top 20 shows in prime-time Nielsen ratings

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for March 2-8. Listings include the week’s ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses. An “X” in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.

1. (1) “American Idol,” (Tuesday), Fox, 24.31 million viewers.

2. (1) “American Idol,” (Wednesday), Fox, 22.78 million viewers.

3. (X) “American Idol Thursday Special-3/5,” Fox, 21.5 million viewers.

4. (4) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 20.88 million viewers.

5. (X) “Bachelor: After the Final Rose,” ABC, 17.47 million viewers.

6. (27) “The Bachelor,” ABC, 15.48 million viewers.

7. (11) “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 15.47 million viewers.

8. (6) “NCIS,” CBS, 13.67 million viewers.

9. (9) “Desperate Housewives,” ABC, 13.65 million viewers.

10. (14) “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 13.42 million viewers.

11. (10) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 13.31 million viewers.

12. (8) “The Mentalist,” CBS, 12.63 million viewers.

13. (24) “Cold Case,” CBS, 12.62 million viewers.

14. (25) “Eleventh Hour,” CBS, 12.05 million viewers.

15. (17) “Survivor: Tocantins,” CBS, 11.85 million viewers.

16. (20) “Rules Of Engagement,” CBS, 11.82 million viewers.

17. (20) “24,” Fox, 11.14 million viewers.

18. (42) “How I Met Your Mother,” CBS, 11.09 million viewers.

19. (32) “Ghost Whisperer,” CBS, 11.09 million viewers.

20. (X) “Bachelor: After the Final Rose 2,” ABC, 10.9 million viewers.

Cold Case is ranked 13th.  So what’s with the threat of cancellation?

According to the Ausiello Files at Entertainment Weekly:

It’s time to update your bubble show scorecard.

Multiple sources confirm that cost-conscious CBS has informed the producers of Without a Trace and Cold Case that the long-running procedurals are facing possible cancellation come May.

“They no longer have the type of ratings that justify the massive overhead,” points out an Eye source, who adds that the Trace and Case bean counters at Warner Bros. are looking for ways to trim costs and avoid getting the axe. That includes convincing the casts of both shows to take salary cuts — or at the very least forfeit their annual raises. (As I reported last month, CBS is implementing a similar salary freeze at most of its in-house dramas.)

But even if new figures can be negotiated, the insider stresses that “it’s not a given that either show will be back.” Reps for CBS and Warner Bros. declined to comment for this story.

I guess this means less scripted shows and more reality shows. Oh joy 😦

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