CBS' 'Limitless' Gets Full-Season Order; Extra Scripts for 'Code Black'

The remake of the Bradley Cooper film becomes the network's first freshman pickup.
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CBS is going the distance with Limitless.

The network has picked up the freshman drama based on the Bradley Cooper feature film of the same name for a full season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, the network has ordered six additional scripts for rookie medical drama Code Black.

Limitless, starring Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter, ranks as the fall season's second-most-watched freshman show. The additional episode order brings its total to 22 episodes. The drama is CBS' first full-season order of the 2015-16 broadcast season.

The drama, one of many remakes and reboots ordered at the broadcast networks this season in a bid to cut through clutter, has been averaging 11.4 million total viewers. Among the all-important adults under 50 demo, the series is averaging a 2.4 rating, up 9 percent year-over-year in the Tuesdays at 10 p.m. slot. When factoring in multiplatform viewing, the series debut grew 79 percent among total viewers and 132 percent among the demo when compared with its overnight returns.

For its part, Limitless is the first of this season's reboots to get a back-nine order.

Code Black, meanwhile, is one of multiple medical dramas ordered for this season. The additional script order is a show of faith from the network as CBS awaits multiplatform viewing returns, given that the Marcia Gay Harden-led drama premiered a week later than Limitless.

For its part, Limitless joins ABC's Quantico and comedy Dr. Ken as well as Fox's Rosewood and NBC's Blindspot as having received full-season orders. (Quantico, meanwhile, was picked up for six episodes.)

Meanwhile, there has been no word on the future of CBS comedy Life in Pieces beyond its initial 13-episode order.

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