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BubbleWatch: CBS' 'Ghost Whisperer'
SHOW: "Ghost Whisperer"(CBS)
IN ITS FAVOR: For the better part of five seasons, "Ghost Whisperer" kick-started a CBS Friday lineup that rarely lost an hour in originals. For years, "Ghost Whisperer" was the jewel of that lineup and Jennifer Love Hewitt was one of the network's most frequently displayed stars (interpret that backhanded compliment as you wish).
AGAINST IT: Rarely has a show gotten so old so fast. CBS' entire Friday went from a solid and unimpeachable strength to an aging vulnerability almost overnight, from top to bottom. In its last original episode, "Ghost Whisperer" drew under 6.5 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating. CBS has to be thinking that a shakeup is in order.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: We assume "Ghost Whisperer" will be back next season, but the show has never really been on the bubble before and suddenly it's wobbly. Barring new blood or an unexpected resurgence, "Ghost Whisperer" could be living on borrowed time.