CBS is giving a thumbs up to a trio of frosh skeins, ordering full 22-episode seasons of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Criminal Minds” and “Ghost Whisperer.”
Meanwhile, over at FX, execs have committed to an additional eight episodes that will be tacked on to the fifth season of “The Shield.” Order brings total to 21 episodes slated to premiere in January. There’s no word yet on how FX plans to bow the bonus episodes.
Forest Whitaker will join the upcoming season as a detective tasked to investigate Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis). Skein, from creator exec-producer Shawn Ryan, just wrapped a strong fourth season that included a star turn by Glenn Close.
Skein’s from Fox TV Studios and Sony Pictures Television.
As for the CBS pickups, all three Eye frosh have been solid ratings performers, particularly “Mother” and “Ghost Whisperer.” And “Minds” has done a decent job Wednesdays at 9 p.m. opposite intense competish from ABC’s hotter-than-ever “Lost.”
CBS is also giving some encouragement to laffer “Out of Practice” and drama “Threshold,” ordering three additional scripts of the series but waiting to see some more ratings data before ordering more episodes.
Early promise for “Mother” and “Whisperer” is particularly encouraging as CBS execs look to broaden the net’s comedy and drama brands beyond traditional domestic laffers and crime-driven procedurals, respectively.
“Mother,” from 20th Century Fox TV, is averaging a 3.7/9 in adults 18-49, improving its 8:30 p.m. Monday slot by 6%. More impressively, it’s boosted the Eye’s 18-34 numbers by 12%.
“Ghost Whisperer,” a co-production of Touchstone and Par Network Television, is so far living up to Eye topper Leslie Moonves’ famous prediction that ghosts would skew younger than God. New skein is besting “Joan of Arcadia’s” perf in the 8 p.m. Friday slot by 21% in adults 18-49 with a 2.9/10 rating.
“Criminal Minds,” also from Touchstone and Par, is averaging a 3.3/8 in adults 18-49 and regularly finishes second in its slot.