Ted Danson’s cranky Dr. John Becker hasn’t shut down his practice after all.
After a month of speculation regarding the fate of the CBS sitcom “Becker,” Eye execs confirmed Monday the network had ordered 13 episodes for next season.
The future of “Becker” was uncertain after the show failed to make CBS’ fall 2003 schedule. Paramount Network TV has already shot 117 episodes of “Becker” — enough for syndication, which led some to speculate that studio and network might decide to permanently shutter the show and focus on its off-network run.
But “Becker” remained a solid (though unspectacular) performer for CBS last season, serving as a Sunday night utility player for the web. At 8:30, the show averaged a 2.5 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 (boosting the time period vs. a year ago by 9%) and 10.7 million viewers (also up 9%).
“Becker” rarely garners any media attention, yet regularly landed among the top 15 shows when it aired in the post-“Everybody Loves Raymond” slot on Mondays. The pickup means both Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen (“Joan of Arcadia”) will be slinging hash for the Eye next season.
“Becker,” which will enter is sixth season next year, was created and is exec produced by Dave Hackel. Hattie Winston, Nancy Travis, Alex Desert, Shawnee Smith and Saverio Guerra also star.