CW picks up 'Game,' '7th'
CBS’ “Shark” will attack nine more episodes, while the CW will remain in “The Game” and on “7th Heaven” for a full season.All three skeins scored back-nine orders on Friday. “Shark” joins “Jericho” as CBS’ second frosh pickup of the season. With “Smith” already down for the count, that leaves net’s laffer “The Class” as the last new skein holdout on the fence for a full first-year pickup. “Shark” has averaged 14.4 million viewers after five episodes, making it the most-watched new drama of the year (ABC classifies “Ugly Betty” as a comedy). James Woods starrer has also averaged a 4.1 rating/11 share among adults 18-49. Show, which stars Woods as a big-time defense attorney who opts to become a prosecutor, comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Ian Biederman, Ed Redlich and Rod Holcomb exec produce. Over at the CW, “The Game” has averaged a 1.3 rating/3 share in the weblet’s core adults 18-34 demo and 2.6 million viewers overall. Frosh laffer, a spinoff of the long-running “Girlfriends,” saw its demo numbers bump up 25% since moving to Monday last week. After three airings, the show is holding onto 93% of its “Girlfriends” lead-in with adults 18-34. “The Game” centers on the world of NFL wives, girlfriends and moms. Mara Brock Akil, Kelsey Grammer and Steve Stark exec produce for CBS Paramount Network TV. As for “7th Heaven,” the long-running WB staple — which narrowly made the CW cut, after initially being canceled — has apparently earned its keep at the new net. Show, now in its 11th season, has averaged a 1.5 rating/5 share in adults 18-34 and 3.9 million viewers. Brenda Hampton, Chris Olsen and Jeff Olsen exec produce for CBS Paramount Network TV and Spelling TV..
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