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Q: I would like to know why CBS canceled “CSI: Miami,” “A Gifted Man” and “Unforgettable.” These were good programs compared to some they have. S.S. A: Those shows were canceled for the same reasons most shows get canceled: ratings and demographics. Shows with low ratings rarely get picked up and shows that don’t appeal to the key 18-49 group desired by many advertisers also have a hard time. “CSI: Miami” had a 10-season run and does well in syndication, but ratings had declined and the show was expensive to produce. In its 10th season, it averaged 9.85 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, according to, which tracks the ratings of shows. CBS chose to renew the cheaper “CSI: NY” instead. Among the new shows, “A Gifted Man” — which co-starred Jennifer Ehle, a Winston-Salem native — got 8.57 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the key demo. “Unforgettable” had better numbers, with 11.3 million viewers and a 2.3 in the demo. ” ‘Unforgettable’ is basically a victim of CBS’ success,” according to a report at “The network clearly thinks it can do better with a different show in the 10 p.m. Tuesday time slot.” Here is a list of shows that were canceled — or, in some cases, ended voluntarily — on each network by the end of the 2011-12 TV season. ABC: “Charlie’s Angels,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “GCB,” “Man Up,” “Missing,” “Pan Am,” “The River” and “Work It.” Also, “Cougar Town” was dropped by ABC but was picked up by cable channel TBS. CBS: “CSI: Miami,” “A Gifted Man,” “How to Be a Gentleman,” “NYC 22,” “Rob” and “Unforgettable.” CW: “H8r,” “One Tree Hill,” “Remodeled,” “Ringer” and “The Secret Circle.” Fox: “Alcatraz,” “Allen Gregory,” “Breaking In,” “The Finder,” “House,” “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Q’Viva” and “Terra Nova.” NBC: “Are You There, Chelsea?,” “Awake,” “Bent,” “Best Friends Forever,” “Chuck,” “Escape Routes,” “Fear Factor,” “The Firm,” “Free Agents,” “Harry’s Law,” “The Playboy Club,” “Prime Suspect,” “The Sing-Off,” “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Who’s Still Standing?” There are fan campaigns online to save some of those shows — a petition to save “GCB” has gotten more than 55,000 signatures, for instance, and there are multiple sites devoted to efforts to save “Terra Nova.” Shredding A shredding event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 12 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 321 Redland Road in Advance. Personal papers and documents will be shredded on site for a suggested donation of $5 for each box or bag. The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Men and DataChambers. Proceeds will go to various mission projects. For more information, call (336) 998-3169.

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