Frosh series pass

'Guardian,' 'Scrubs' get full season orders

Strong Tuesday ratings led to good news Wednesday for a pair of rookie series, while NBC is on the cusp of ordering full seasons of all three of its new dramas.

Officially, CBS has given a full-season order to drama “The Guardian,” while NBC has ordered the back nine episodes of medical laffer “Scrubs.”

In addition, Peacock insiders said the net has decided to give full-season orders to Studios USA’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” NBC Studios’ “Crossing Jordan” and the Jersey Films/Regency Television/NBC Studios/20th Century Fox TV-produced “UC: Undercover.”

An official announcement could come as early as next week, barring any sudden ratings collapse for one of the three.

“Crossing Jordan” has proven to be a good fit for NBC Mondays at 10 p.m., beating drama competish “Family Law” among adults 18-49. “Law & Order: CI” and “UC” haven’t been ratings blockbusters, but both shows have showed improvement since their debut, with the former winning its slot in total viewers last week.

Meanwhile, the official orders for “Scrubs” and “Guardian” mean both shows will produce a complete 22-episode season. News follows UPN’s decision to renew first-year sitcom “One on One” for a full season (Daily Variety, Oct. 16).

“Scrubs,” from Touchstone Television and NBC Studios, has averaged 13.2 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 since bowing three weeks ago. More important, skein has retained an average 92% of its “Frasier” lead-in.

‘Scrubs’ bubbles

” ‘Scrubs’ rocks because it’s a funny show with a lot of heart and a terrific cast,” NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker said. “I think it’s already making a connection with viewers.”

Touchstone TV topper Steve McPherson said NBC’s support for “Scrubs” has been “unwavering.”

“It’s wonderful for Bill Lawrence, the cast, the crew and all of the members of my staff who have worked so hard on this show,” McPherson said of the pickup.

“The Guardian,” from Columbia TriStar Television and CBS Prods., has also been a solid performer Tuesdays at 9. Since its premiere four weeks ago, skein has averaged 14.88 million viewers — making it the season’s most-watched new drama — and a 3.9/9 in adults 18-49.

This week’s seg of “The Guardian” nearly matched its strong premiere ratings, nicely fitting in between established Eye Tuesday hits “JAG” and “Judging Amy.”

“Out of the box, it’s resonated with a lot of viewers,” CBS Entertainment prexy Nancy Tellem said. “It’s a very intelligent drama, and it’s been the perfect hammock show for Tuesday nights.”

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