Freshman dramas get full-season pickup
More than 17 million “NCIS: Los Angeles” fans can’t be wrong.
CBS has given full-season pickups to the “NCIS” spinoff and to its Tuesday-night companion, “The Good Wife.” Both dramas have performed well for the Eye after three airings on Tuesdays. Both hail from CBS Television Studios.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” is not only the No. 1 new skein of the season to date, with an average of 17.5 million viewers, it’s also the second most-watched series in primetime behind its skedmate “NCIS.”
Drama, from exec producers Shane Brennan and R. Scott Gemmill, ranks among the top 15 in adults 18-49 (4.1 rating/11 share) and is No. 2 among new skeins in the demo. (Fox’s “Family Guy” spinoff “The Cleveland Show” takes the frosh 18-49 crown.)
“Good Wife” has held up well behind “NCIS: L.A.” in the 10 p.m. slot where “The Mentalist” blossomed for CBS last season. The Julianna Margulies starrer ranks No. 2 among new skeins in viewers, with an average of 13.7 million; it’s averaging a 3.0/8 in adults 18-49. Show’s exec produced by Robert King, Michelle King, Dee Johnson, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Brooke Kennedy and David Zucker.
Quick renewals of “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Good Wife” were expected given their perfs. Among the other frosh skeins that are no-brainers for renewals are ABC laffers “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town” and drama “FlashForward,” but there’s no official word yet from the Alphabet.