‘Limitless’ Gets Full-Season Order, ‘Code Black’ Gets 6 Additional Scripts at CBS

Limitless full season order
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Limitless” has joined the list of new fall series to receive a full-season order, Variety has learned. The back nine puts the CBS drama at a 22-episode order for its freshman season.

Additionally, CBS has ordered six more scripts for medical drama “Code Black,” signaling faith in the series.

“Limitless,” starring Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter, has been one of the most promising rookie performers this fall, consistently retaining most of its young-adult lead-in from “NCIS: New Orleans” on Tuesdays. Through five weeks, the action drama has averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 9 million total viewers in same-day viewing, rising in Live+3 on average by about 0.9 in 18-49 and by about 3 million total viewers.

“Code Black,” anchored by Marcia Gay Harden, has averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers overall in same-night averages through its first four weeks, and it has grown on average by about 0.6 in 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers in “live plus-3” estimates. Though it’s down from last season’s “Stalker” in the timeslot, CBS has to like the show’s consistency in recent weeks, as it has done the same 1.2 same-day young-adult rating with each of its last three episodes.

“We’re excited how ‘Limitless’ continues to evolve creatively each week and stand out with its unique style of storytelling,” said Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment. “It’s off to a strong start in a highly competitive environment.”

Bradley Cooper Returning to CBS’ ‘Limitless’

Exec producers on “Limitless” are Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Craig Sweeny, Todd Phillips, Heather Kadin, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Tom Forman, Marc Webb, original film director Neil Berger and Bradley Cooper will reprise his guest role on next week’s episode.

“Code Black” premiered later than “Limitless” in the second week of the season so insiders say the network is still waiting to view additional multi-platform data, before handing over the full-season order.

Also still up in the air at CBS is comedy “Life In Pieces,” though a full-season decision likely won’t come until the sitcom moves into its regular Thursday night slot, following “Thursday Night Football” wrapping on Oct. 29. On Thursdays, the new family ensembler will be paired with the network’s comedy-heavy night, anchored by “The Big Bang Theory.”

Other new dramas that have received full-season orders are NBC’s “Blindspot,” ABC’s “Quantico” and Fox’s “Rosewood.” The first comedy to land its back episode order is ABC’s “Dr. Ken.”

The hotly-anticipated “Supergirl” premieres this Monday Oct. 26 on CBS.

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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  1. Carter says:

    Code black one of the best new shows don’t be stupid and not renew it

  2. sue says:

    Code Black is the best to come along since Blue Bloods, Really enjoy it, hope CBS gives it a season so there is time to build the following it deserves

    • Alan says:

      You can count on my support for both Blue Bloods and Code Black. They ‘re both quiet achievers, but they both pack a punch. I love them both.

  3. Dunstan says:

    Limitless is a poor excuse for a tv series. The film had a wonderfully dark quality to it; the series is just another lame cop show. Jennifer Carpenter deserves better.

    Blindspot is a concept in search of a show.

    Code Black is a reboot of ER and not a very good one.

    Quantico is a snore.

    There’s barely a decent show on the traditional networks; all the cool shows are on pay TV.

  4. Ugly Bug says:

    Great news. I’m watching both shows, and both are growing on me from week to week. I would hate to see them go away.

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