October 18, 2013 11:30am PT by Michael O'Connell, Lesley Goldberg
CBS Orders Full Seasons of 'The Crazy Ones,' 'The Millers' and 'Mom'
CBS is going all in on its three freshman comedies. The network has given a back nine order to Thursday comedies The Crazy Ones and The Millers, as well as Monday entry Mom.
The trio's vote of confidence comes on the heels of positive ratings -- they rank as the three most watched new comedies of the fall season -- and an early exit for fellow freshman We Are Men after just two episodes.
"We’re proud of CBS' leadership position in comedy and excited to build on it with the back nine pickups of these three new comedies," said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. "These series are creatively distinct, continue to improve each week and are led by strong showrunners, writing and production staffs, and feature amazingly talented casts."
The pickups mark the first full-season orders for comedies this season. For their part, ABC has handed out additional script orders for The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, and Fox has done the same for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Dads. (NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show was originally picked up with a full 22-episode order.)
From executive producer Chuck Lorre, Mom is averaging 7.98 million viewers and delivering a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. The Anna Faris and Allison Janney vehicle has held on to a good portion of its lead-in, though the network is banking on improved ratings when fellow Lorre effort Mike & Molly moves into the 9 p.m. slot on Nov. 4.
The Crazy Ones, Robin Williams' return to series television alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, came out on top when it premiered against Michael J. Fox. The David E. Kelley effort scored a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49, making it the highest-rated freshman comedy of the fall TV season and the most watched series premiere (15.6 million total viewers) across the board. It is currently averaging 13.7 million viewers and a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49.
Notched between Big Bang Theory and The Crazy Ones, The Millers opened to a 3.3 rating among adults. The Greg Garcia comedy starring Will Arnett debuted outside of premiere week, so its most current ratings do not yet include Live+Seven, but it is averaging 12.4 million viewers and a 3.2 rating with adults 18-49. It boasts some of the best retention of any fall freshman.