CBS adds ‘Power’ to midseason

Network gives gameshow another round

CBS is adding some “Power” to its midseason bench.

Eye has greenlit another cycle of “Power of 10,” the Michael Davies-produced quizzer that has blossomed into a summer success story for the net. Six additional episodes have been ordered and will run sometime during the 2007-08 season.

Sony Pictures Television and Davies’ Embassy Row produce “Power,” which has been airing twice a week.

After a so-so start in early August, the show has picked up Nielsen steam in recent weeks. Drew Carey-hosted quizzer has won its timeslot during its past five broadcasts, emerging in first among viewers and adults 18-49.

Despite that momentum, CBS is planning to take the show off its sked following a first-season finale on Sunday, Sept. 23. The net simply has no available timeslots save for the Saturday night death zone occupied by repeats.

By greenlighting six segs now, CBS will have “Power” available for backup when one of its new shows disappoints.

Renewal of “Power” caps a mixed summer for the Eye’s reality slate. “Big Brother” has had one of its strongest seasons in recent years, both in buzz and ratings, but the high-profile “Pirate Master” was cancelled midway through its run.

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