In advance of unveiling its fall schedule at the upfronts in May, CBS Entertainment on Friday announced renewals for eleven more primetime series — a list that includes all the usual suspects among ongoing shows except “Criminal Minds.” Decisions on first-year series will be announced in the coming weeks.
The series announced to return are “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”
They join the previously renewed “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS,” the network’s top-rated programs. Also as previously announced, “Mike & Molly,” “Person of Interest” and “The Good Wife” are ending after their current seasons wrap this spring.
None of the renewals is a real surprise, as each of the shows has played a role in the current success of CBS, which stands as primetime’s top-rated network in adults 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers. “Elementary” is the lowest-rated of the bunch, but it has been tasked with airing in the tough Sunday 10 p.m. timeslot.
The absence of “Criminal Minds” on the list shouldn’t be a cause of alarm for its fans, as the network likes to weigh all options as it pencils in its 2016-17 schedule plans. The show remains a strong performer, and its renewal for season 12 could be tied to the fate of spinoff “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which has only aired two times.
The only other current non-rookie series that has yet to be renewed or canceled are “CSI: Cyber” and “The Odd Couple.” The former has concluded its second season, while the latter launches its sophomore season next month.
CBS will make decisions on its first-year series closer to the upfronts. At an investor conference in Florida earlier this month, CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves sounded bullish on the prospects of most of these rookies, which would mean good news for the likes of “Supergirl” and “Life in Pieces.”