The verdict’s in for frosh drama “Judging Amy” and seven other CBS series: Renewed.
The Eye announced Thursday that it will bring back “Amy,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The King of Queens,” “Becker,” “JAG,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Nash Bridges” for next fall.
In a twist, CBS gave the series 24-episode orders instead of the standard 22. With the additional originals and a shortened season (due to the Summer Olympics), CBS hopes to air fewer repeats next year.
The web, of course, can order still more episodes during the course of the season.
Meanwhile, freshman dramas “Family Law,” “City of Angels” and “Now and Again” remain on the bubble, as is first-year sitcom “Ladies’ Man.”
CBS staples “Diagnosis Murder,” “Chicago Hope,” “Early Edition,” “Kids Say the Darndest Things” and “Martial Law” are also still awaiting their fate.
CBS has already announced that “Cosby” is retiring this season after four seasons. Also serving as plant food, barring any last-minute miracles, are “Grapevine,” “Falcone,” “Work With Me” and “Love & Money.”
Most of the CBS renewals were no-brainers. “Raymond,” for example, is up 6% in homes (to a 11.5 Nielsen rating/17 share), up 13% among adults 18-49 (to a 6.1 rating) and up 9% in total viewers (to 17.17 million people).
“The King of Queens,” “Becker” and “JAG” have also posted year-to-year jumps in households, viewers and demos. “King of Queens,” in particular, showed strong growth in adults 18-49, jumping 34% to a 4.7 average rating.
“King” and “Becker” will both enter their third season this fall; “JAG” and “Raymond,” their fifth (not including “JAG’s” first season on NBC); “Nash Bridges,” its sixth; “Touched,” its seventh; and “Walker,” its ninth.
With judgment day upon this fall’s new entries, “Judging Amy” is the first at CBS to make the cut. “Amy” scored as the year’s top-rated drama in homes (average 10.2/17) and total viewers (14.1 million).
Twentieth Century Fox TV and CBS Prods. co-produce “Amy,” which comes from Barbara Hall, Joseph Stern, Amy Brenneman and Connie Tavel. It stars Brenneman.
Monday laffers solid
The CBS announcement means three of the net’s four Monday night sitcoms have been renewed, the web’s two Tuesday dramas are set for another season, and its top-rated Friday, Saturday and Sunday dramas will also return.
The news also wasn’t quite as dramatic as last year, when CBS got an early jump and renewed 12 of its established series at the end of February.