It’s been a bumper fall crop for CBS.
The Eye gave full-season renewals Thursday to all five of its frosh series: comedies “Mike and Molly” and “Bleep My Dad Says” and dramas “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Defenders” and “Blue Bloods.”
The pickups are no surprise given the Eye’s perf so far this season. The network has been buoyed by its remarkable strength across the week, with rock-steady returning shows and newcomers that are putting up promising numbers. For the season to date, CBS is No. 1 in the three key measures of total viewers (12.6 million), adults 18-49 (3.3 rating/9 share) and adults 25-54 (4.3/11).
“Everything has clicked so far this year — from development in January to scheduling in May to production over the summer to marketing and publicity in the fall,” said CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler. “It’s all testimony to the executives in our halls who remain restless for more success, and the amazing creative talent on our sets who continue to deliver the goods.”
“Mike and Molly” and “Bleep” hail from Warner Bros. TV. The dramas all come from CBS TV Studios.
“Hawaii Five-0” ranks as the most-watched new skein of the season to date with an average of 14.5 million viewers and 4.1 rating/11 share in adults 18-49. “Mike and Molly” is the top-rated new comedy of the season with 12.2 million viewers and 4.1/11 in the key demo.
CBS’ sweep leaves ABC as the only Big Four net that has yet to renew any of its frosh series (it already canceled drama “My Generation”). The network is expected to give full-season nods to drama “No Ordinary Family” and laffer “Better with You”; the pickup picture remains murky for the rest of ABC’s slate.
NBC earlier this week renewed newbie dramas “Chase,” “The Event” and “Law and Order: Los Angeles” and laffer “Outsourced,” while drama “Outlaw” got a quick hook earlier this month. Fox has renewed one (“Raising Hope”) and canceled one (“Lone Star”) from its limited fall sked, leaving laffer “Running Wilde” as the only question mark.
CW has not announced any pickups, but the netlet is expected to stick it out with frosh dramas “Nikita” and “Hellcats.”