TV Graveyard: CBS - Featured


With CBS being as strongly of a performing network that it is, most of its long running series will be returning for Fall. However, there were still a few casualities of both freshman and long-running series.


Here are the CBS series that have been chopped:


Worst Week - The freshman comedy about a guy that couldn't catch a break with his fiance's parents could not catch a break itself. The series was given a prime slot in CBS's Monday night comedy lineup and did not manage to break out as a new hit. 15 episodes aired.


Eleventh Hour - Also a freshman series starring Rufus Sewell, Eleventh Hour focused on a special science adviser to the US government that solved crimes of a paranormal nature (ummm, Fringe for CBS, perhaps?). According to Wikipedia, the series averaged over 12 million viewers for the season, which is by no means a flop, but with breakouts like The Mentalist, the network decided they could do better for Fall. 18 episodes aired.


The Unit - Sunday night companion to Cold Case, it was rumored for awhile that this series would not survive. Averaging 9 to 11 million viewers, it was CBS's second lowest performing drama and perpetually on the bubble. 4 seasons aired.


Harper's Island - This limited edition crime mystery was designed to exist as a single, 13 episode run. However, if the series broke out as a hit, the creator explained that additional cycles could be run with a new cast (since mostly everyone is dying) and a new mystery. Alas, it did not break out. The remainder of the 13 episode order is airing on Saturday nights.


Without a Trace - Perhaps the most perplexing of all of the CBS cancellations, Trace - about an FBI unit that searched for missing persons - performed admirably for the network for 7 years! In fact, in its heyday, the show grabbed almost 19 million viewers on Thursday nights and trounced NBC's ER. Since moving out of that slot, numbers have decreased, though the show was still the 16th best performing show of the season (according to Nielsen). However, it was determined that the aging show had become too expensive to produce. 7 seasons aired.


Leave your eulogies for your favorite departed CBS series here. Which was your favorite? Which had unsatisfying endings?


Also check out the CBS Fall Schedule

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May 25, 2009 7:44PM EDT

They should be ashamed of themselves cancelling a show because of money. These industry cats tickle me with their thinking. Without a Trace was and still is so exciting that I have no idea how the slot will survive and I can bet you that whatever the put there to replace it will not fare so well. Goodbye old friend. Loved all of you on there. Loved all the story lines although the black female should have had more interesting things going on for her in the show, but still it was good.

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May 25, 2009 9:42PM EDT

I thought Eleventh Hour was good and was, as you say, a Fringe for CBS. Harper's Island was exactly what it promised to be, sort of a serialized "Bloody Valentine". It was either going to make it or not and was a worthwhile experiment. I thought it was executed nicely but it just didn't have a market. Without a Trace was good when it first aired but it was always a little heavy on the personal lives of the agents. Recently the character development has gone off the rails and I stopped watching last season. Guess I'm not alone.

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May 25, 2009 9:48PM EDT

THE UNIT!? That was a pretty kick a*s show!!!Im gonna miss it man! but it wouldnt be the same without molly and jonas blane together anyways.... stupid writers -.-

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May 25, 2009 11:03PM EDT

i wish that they will renew the 11th hour , its a nice series i always watch it

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May 26, 2009 2:23AM EDT

The Unit was a one of a kind show on television....the fact that it didnt survive but there are 3 CSIs 8 medical dramas and 12 police dramas makes me a little sick. CBS had to make room for another NCIS i guess.... It seems like these decisions are made by monkeys most of the time. One of the best, most unique shows of the last 5 years is canceled yet CBS made room for frakkin Medium....give me a break. Even the Mentalist started to get played out by the end of the season--- its just Psych without the humor or personality. Whatever...ive stopped watching new series.....they just cancel the good ones and keep the crappy spinoffs......

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May 26, 2009 2:25AM EDT

i can see why they axed without a trace how long can you run around looking for ppl but it was still an awesome show they shouldbring back the elenth hour that was a great show good bye old friends and some new you will be missed

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May 27, 2009 12:23AM EDT

This was the best show aired on CBS, it's too bad that they had to axe it because it really had the potential to bring in more viewers! I only recently started watching this, I wish that I, and other had seen the advertisement for this show! More viewers less chance of being cut.... Too bad, this show was amazing!

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Jun 6, 2009 9:13PM EDT

worst week is not canceled

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Aug 20, 2009 9:41AM EDT

im goin to really miss watchin the unit it was one of my favorite shows to watch on sunday night right along with cold case. my sunday nigths are goin to be the same without the unit. it was a very good show and i really don't understand why they would cancel it. they cancelled it for a new show that might not be a promising as the unit. why???? but hey its all about numbers to these ppl. ugh...

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