CBS Boss On ‘NCIS: New Orleans’, ‘MacGyver’, ‘All Rise’ And ‘The Unicorn’ Cancellations


 this season bid farewell to three long-running series: comedy which ended after eight seasons,  which is wrapping after seven seasons, and  which recently finished its five-season run.

All these decisions were made after a careful consideration, CBS Entertainment president  told Deadline. The network announced all of them ahead of time, giving the shows proper sendoffs.

“Every year you evaluate what is making the strongest statement for your schedule and what gives you the best circulation, what will bring you the most numbers of viewers. You ask that question for pretty much every show every year, how can we make the schedule as strong as we can in the fall, and that leads to some tough decisions,” Kahl said.


“ has been an excellent show for us,  was an excellent show for us. But sometime shows hit the end of their cycle and we have to, in some cases, say goodbye.”


CBS Fall 2021-22 Schedule: 'NCIS', 'Bull' & 'S.W.A.T.' On the Move, 'FBI' Tuesday, Reality Expansion

While eight seasons these days is considered a pretty long for a comedy series like, which also lost its original co-lead, Anna Faris, last year, was the youngest in the  franchise, and  too was one of the youngest among CBS’ established series. Both  and‘ ratings were on the low end of the spectrum for the network’s top series.

CBS’ sophomores  and  ended their runs on the network in a different way; they spent the spring on the bubble and were canceled this past Saturday.


  has two more episodes left to air, while  had already wrapped its second-season run in March.

“We creatively love both shows, it’s literally a numbers game on the schedule, and it’s a number game when it typically comes to getting a renewal,” Kahl said. “I think these shows were not living up to the potential in terms of an audience that we hoped to see in their respective time slots.”

Dianeon June 14, 2021 7:40 pm

Can’t believe CBS cancelled MacGyver and All Rise. Yet they keep returning shows such as Big Brother with the same plot over and over just with different people. Look at cable making more action and drama shows attracting more audiences to their channels.


Wake up CBS viewers like quality entertainment.

Natashaon June 9, 2021 4:23 am

After I finish All Rise and NCIS NO, I am cancelling my subscription to paramount+ all they do is cancel shows you’re just getting into and replacing them with nonsense and reality tv. Bad move cbs.

Deborah T. Watkinson June 6, 2021 8:16 pm

I can not believe that CBS canceled NCIS New Orleans. The network pre-empted a lot of the shows. I sincerely hope the show is picked up by another network. I am really disappointed!

Corene Collinson May 29, 2021 7:32 pm

Shame,Shame on CBS for cancelling NCIS New Orleans!


I knew the game you were playing when you moved the show to Sunday, and then out the door. Bring it back!!!
Or I hope another Network will pick it up. Same for All Rise!! Two great TV shows!!

Debra Lefleron May 29, 2021 6:38 pm

Wow cancelling NCIS-NO, Seal team ,And All rise. So sad!!!

Arthur Weiseon May 27, 2021 10:13 pm

You should be happy anybody watches you at all with all the content out there.

Arthur Weiseon May 27, 2021 10:10 pm

Yeah Yeah Yeah! Thats the standard answer for any show/ heard it a million times.

Lester Thompsonon May 27, 2021 10:53 am

Are you talking about viewers watching exactly at the time of airing? Because if that’s the case, then you need to take into consideration the amount of viewers who come back later to watch.


Many people are very busy and rely on watching the shows later in the day, or week. The majority of households today have equipment that allows them to go back and watch their favorite shows later. I am a big fan of “All Rise”, but very seldom do I get to watch it at the time of its original airing, I like many others record it, or go back on my system to watch it.

Cowabungacoolon May 26, 2021 1:36 pm

My comment was rejected for simply mentioning how the Left’s woke story lines were destroying TV shows and Free Speech in general! PERFECT! Than you for proving my point!

Coolcowabungaon May 26, 2021 12:42 pm


Moving a show to different days (Particularly Friday, Saturday or Sunday)and timeslots cripples it’s ratings! Add to that delaying end of season episodes and it’s a death sentence! Too many shows are being destroyed by the Leftist “woke” storylines. MacGyver is a prime example! The Connors fell victim to it and most recently Last Man Standing! Other great shows becoming almost unwatchable are FBI Most Wanted and Bull! Even Young Sheldon and The Goldbergs have been infused with this crap even though they take place in earlier decades! NCSI New Orleans which went deep into the “wokeness” awhile ago was another! But, since I had been watching for seven years as many others have, I decided to keep watching! What was our reward as loyal viewers? CBS preempted the schedule, so viewers who DVR’d the show missed the last half of the Series Finale! Not the first time CBS has done this! Every football season their schedule is completely messed up from overtime games even though they have hours to self-correct it, so Primetime starts on time! Shows like Elementary were destroyed because of it! Speaking of starting on time! For awhile they were starting shows one minute early which played havoc with some DVRS! Who were the geniuses that came up with that one?! The solution is simple, but the Networks won’t do it! First, Stop with the Leftist Woke Crap! We get an overdose of this every day! Like Sports (which also has fallen victim!) we watch TV shows for an Escape! To be Entertained! NOT to be lectured to by self-important people whose lifestyle bears little to no resemblance to the reality that most of the viewers live in! You are alienating at LEAST half your audience and in some cases as much as 70 or 80%! Second, Stop Moving Shows around midstream! It makes it hard for viewers to find, screws up our recordings and makes us miss episodes! If you’re a Network and your shows aren’t pulling great ratings on Friday or Saturday nights, there’s a reason for that! Most people aren’t home on those nights! If your getting any shares, take them as a win! Besides just because we’re not home doesn’t mean we are not watching your shows! Third, stop substituting reruns (especially of other shows!) Again, it’s infuriating to viewers for all the reasons mentioned above when moving a show’s night and/or time slot! Finally, (Particularly on Sunday nights!) Stop Preempting Shows! If a game/sports runs a little long, self-correct it with 15 to 30 minutes of ANYTHING, so your Primetime (Your MONEY Time!) Starts On Time! I’m sure that all of this is falling on deaf ears and dumb minds, but I am confident that many of your viewers feel the same way as I do!


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