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The TV Ratings Guide's Take On...Kevin Can Wait, Man with a Plan, and The Great Indoors + Reader Poll

Here's our next installment of The TV Ratings Guide's Take On..., where we as a collective group discuss how we think the new fall shows will perform. As a side note, from here on I will not be taking part in this segment because I already did my own segment where I predicted each show's ratings.

Kevin Can Wait

Aasim:
Kevin Can Wait has some big shoes to fill as it is leading the 8pm slot, not to mention it's competition which consists of Supergirl, Gotham, The Voice, and Dancing with the Stars. CBS appears to be very confident in Kevin James' start power. I'm not a fan of the guy but the American audience seems to like him for some reason. But this show is a serious wild card for CBS.
Status: Renewed

Full Boyle:
Kevin James had a 9-season run on his hit CBS sitcom, The King of Queens, now he'll return first getting a post-Big Bang slot, then having to fend on its own leading into another new comedy, Man with a Plan. Kevin James has had success in movies, and a previous TV show. This could end up being a short-lived flop from an actor that has had success before, but it could also be a success like Tim Allen's Last Man Standing. I think Kevin Can Wait will end up like Last Man Standing, starts strong after Big Bang, drops significantly when it moves to 8pm, manages to survive with decent numbers, but leaves Man with a Plan in the dust. RENEW

HV:
Despite the popular series star, I think that CBS scheduled this unexciting show poorly, and as a result it will get canceled.

Jon:
For some reason CBS really seems to love this season. They are even helping it out with using The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in. As with Man with a Plan, it has to be good in order for viewers to continue watching the show. The trailer does not have many views, but it has a decent amount of likes compared to dislikes. I think this show won't do great, but won't do bad. I think a renewal depends on how all the other shows perform, and if a significant amount of them do better than it, it will be cancelled.

Luke:
CBS's new comedy, led by Kevin James, is lucky to have TBBT as a lead-in for the first few episodes. It will premiere in the high 2.0s and stay in the 2.0s for as long as TBBT precedes it. When TBBT moves back to Thursday nights, however, and Kevin Can Wait is forced to lead-off Monday nights all on its own, I'm thinking we will see a drop in ratings to the mid-high 1.0s. These ratings will still be good enough and the show will ultimately be renewed, becoming a semi-solid player for CBS Mondays in the future.

Man with a Plan

Aasim:
Man with a Plan has a major disadvantage of having Kevin Can Wait as a lead-in due to its unpredictability. Lead-outs generally get lower ratings than lead-ins, not to mention it has the same competition as its lead-in. I doubt the Friends synergy is going to work since the two shows aren't in the same hour.
Status: Cancelled

Full Boyle:
This one will have questionable lead-in support airing after Kevin Can Wait, so it's fate will rely on that show's success more or less. There's really not that much buzz for this one, and I don't think star power is good enough to boost it, maybe with a Big Bang lead-in, but probably won't make it with a likely smaller one. CANCEL

HV:
Basically everything I said about Kevin Can Wait, but more extreme; this show seems incredibly stale and should end up canceled.

Jon:
I can definitely see Man with a Plan becoming a hit, as it has a Friends alum in it. But, it has to be actually liked by viewers, as a particular actor can not necessarily make a hit. I think if it turns out to be a good show, then it should do pretty good for CBS, and be renewed.

Luke:
This other high-profile CBS comedy, led by Matt LeBlanc, may not enjoy the same semi success as Kevin Can Wait could have. Man with a Plan has the disadvantage of premiering later in the fall and airing behind the less-than-stellar lead-in of Kevin Can Wait. I don't believe CBS will have enough room for Man with a Plan next season and will end up canceling it. I wouldn't be shocked if the decision goes either way, though, for this will definitely be a "bubble show".

The Great Indoors

Aasim:
Joel McHale may not be as well known as Kevin and Matt, but his show has TBBT as a lead-in. As long as it stays in that 8:30 slot, it will be safe.
Status: Renewed

Full Boyle:
This one gets the post-Big Bang slot for the season. Considering the poor-retaining Odd Couple and Life in Pieces have gotten renewed, The Great Indoors doesn't have a very high bar. It should retain the same amount that Life in Pieces did, and that is good enough for a return. RENEW

HV:
A comedy that appeals to the CBS viewers and airs after their highest-rated show should be able to get renewed.

Jon:
I think The Great Indoors should do quite well for CBS. It seems to be their type of show if that makes sense. Kind of like family comedies are ABC's type of show. Furthermore, everywhere I go and see people talk about the show, everything being said is positive. I think it is more than likely that The Great Indoors will be renewed.

Luke:
The Great Indoors has the great advantage of airing post-TBBT for its entire first season run. Although I don't think this show will have much strength of its own, it will likely be renewed solely because of its highly-inflated numbers from following TBBT.