Network picks up reality shows for extra season

CBS has secured its two top reality franchises — “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” — into next season.

Also on Monday, the Eye gave an early sixth-season nod to “How I Met Your Mother.”

“Survivor” has been picked up by CBS for another two seasons — the show’s 21st and 22nd cycles — while “The Amazing Race” will be back for a 17th edition this fall.

The pickups aren’t exactly a surprise. “Survivor’s” fall edition, “Survivor: Samoa,” led its Thursday night 8 p.m. timeslot, averaging a 4.3 rating/12 share among adults 18-49. “The Amazing Race’s” 15th edition this past fall also posted solid numbers, improving its adults 18-49 rating (3.7/9) by 6%.

“Race” is also on an Emmy winning streak, having won in the reality competition program category for seven straight years.

“Survivor” returns next month on Thursday, Feb. 11, with “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” The 16th edition of “The Amazing Race” then launches on Sunday, Feb. 14.

“Survivor” comes from SEG and exec producer Mark Burnett. “Amazing Race” is produced by Bruckheimer TV and Earthview, along with ABC Studios. Bertram van Munster, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Amy Chacon exec produce.

As for “How I Met Your Mother,” pickup came on the same day that news emerged of creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’ rich new three-year deal at 20th Century Fox TV. A full-season order for “HIMYM” isn’t exactly a big surprise given the show’s ongoing decent perf and place in the pop-culture zeitgeist. It is a nice change of pace from the show’s early years, however, when CBS kept the “HIMYM” crew guessing right up until the May scheduling announcements.

With “Mother” picked up, three of CBS’ Monday night laffers will return next year. Under a 2009 deal, CBS already has “Two and a Half Men” locked up through 2011-12 and “The Big Bang Theory” through 2010-11.

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