CBS Gives Full Season Orders to Four Freshman Dramas

CBS has gone four for four with its fall freshman slate, giving full-season orders to dramas “Scorpion,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Madam Secretary” and “Stalker.”

All four series have performed well for the Eye, particularly “Scorpion” (pictured) and “NCIS: New Orleans.” The Eye noted that those two shows and “Madam Secretary” rank among the top 15 shows in all of primetime in total viewers.

“These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime line up,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler.

“The McCarthys,” CBS’ first new comedy of the season, opens Thursday in the 9:30 p.m. slot behind “Two and a Half Men.”

“Scorpion” is averaging a 2.8/7 in adults 18-49 and 12.32 million viewers overall in Live+Same-Day, and on average adds 1.6 in the demo and 4.79 million total viewers to its total in L+7.  Series hails from CBS TV Studios and is exec produced by creator Nick Santora, Nicholas Wootton, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Justin Lin, Heather Kadin, Scooter Braun and Walter O’Brien.

“NCIS: New Orleans” is averaging a 2.3/7 in 18-49 and 16.37 million viewers overall in L+SD, and on average adds 0.9 in the demo and 3.34 million total viewers in L+7. It’s also from CBS TV Studios and exec produced by Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Jeffrey Lieber and James Hayman.

“Stalker” is averaging a 1.8/5 in 18-49 and 8.13 million viewers overall in L+SD, and on average adds 1.0 in the demo and 3.06 million total viewers in L+7. The Warner Bros. TV drama is exec produced by Kevin Williamson.

“Madam Secretary” is averaging a 1.6/4 in 18-49 and 12.50 million viewers overall in L+SD, and on average adds 0.5 in the demo and 2.51 million total viewers in L+7. Barbara Hall is creator/exec producer with Revelations’ Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman, and David Semel for CBS TV Studios.

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