8:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
CBS Renews 16 Series; '2 Broke Girls,' 'Elementary,' 'Criminal Minds' on Bubble
Good news came Thursday for more than a dozen CBS shows.
The network announced that it has handed out renewals to 13 scripted series, two newsmagazines and one reality show.
Scripted renewals include veteran series Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Life in Pieces, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans and Scorpion. Joining those are first-year series Bull, Kevin Can Wait, MacGyver, Man With a Plan and Superior Donuts. CBS also picked up new seasons of long-running reality competition Survivor and newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.
They join previously renewed series NCIS and The Big Bang Theory, the latter of which was renewed earlier this week for two more seasons. They join the straight-to-series Big Bang Theory prequel centered on a young Sheldon.
That leaves a number of series on the bubble, with their fates hinging on DVR returns and how the network's crop of pilots come in as well as factors including ownership. Veteran dramas on the bubble include Criminal Minds and its Beyond Borders spinoff as well as Code Black (all co-productions with CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios), Elementary (CBSTVS) and comedies 2 Broke Girls (Warner Bros. Television) and The Odd Couple (CBSTVS). On the freshman side, Katherine Heigl's Doubt was canceled after two episodes; Jason Katims medical drama Pure Genius saw its episode count trimmed and is unlikely to return; Training Day was recently moved to Saturdays and, following the death of Bill Paxton, is not expected to score a renewal; and Joel McHale comedy The Great Indoors bowed to little buzz and poor reviews. Also undecided is the schedule going forward for unscripted competition show The Amazing Race, which launches its new season next week in Training Day's time slot, with the network said to want to shift to one cycle per year while producers are hoping for two.
Meanwhile, CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller picked up 16 pilots this season (down one from a year ago) with a heavy focus again on the network's bread-and-butter procedurals as well as family comedies. What's more, sibling studio CBSTVS has a stake in 14 of the 16 dramas and comedies in the works.
Here's what's coming back:
Going into its eighth season, the CBS TV Studios procedural has long been a solid performer on Fridays. The Tom Selleck vehicle continues to be the top broadcast show of the night, most recently pulling a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers with seven days of delayed viewing factored in. The cop drama also recently hit its 150th episode milestone.
Despite facing stiff competition all season in NBC juggernaut This Is Us, the Michael Weatherly legal drama came out of the gate strong, pulling more than 14 million viewers and a 2.1 rating. CBS had already paved the way for a second season by enlisting a new showrunner, Glenn Gordon Caron, to replace Mark Goffman.
One of two renewed series from Peter Lenkov, the reboot — produced in-house — has been a reliable performer on Fridays, drawing a 1.7 rating and more than 12 million viewers. The drama also recently surpassed the 150-episode milestone and now heads into its eighth season with star Alex O'Loughlin eyeing an exit after season eight.
Kevin Can Wait
It's been a successful homecoming for former CBS star Kevin James, who toplines and exec produces the family comedy. Co-produced with Sony Pictures Television, Kevin Can Wait ranks as CBS' top new comedy, drawing a 1.8 rating and 8.5 million viewers for its most recent episode. The series is one of a handful of rookies to also make a showrunner change amid its freshman voyage.
Life in Pieces
Going into its third season, the 20th Century Fox Television family comedy has stabilized on Thursdays. The most recent new broadcast drew a 1.9 rating and 8.2 million viewers.
Despite making several major changes behind the scenes and in front of the camera before its series premiere, the Lenkov-led reboot has shown spark on Friday. Starring Lucas Till in the lead role and featuring network vet George Eads, the series pulled more than 10 million viewers and a 1.6 rating.
The Tea Leoni-led political drama, which counts Morgan Freeman as an exec producer, skews older (1.2 adults) but still draws an impressive crowd (10.8 million viewers).
Man With a Plan
Matt LeBlanc's first network sitcom since the ill-fated Friends spinoff Joey appears to be a success. Paired with Kevin Can Wait, the family comedy pulled a 1.6 rating and 7.8 million viewers for its most recent episode.
One of the three half-hours on CBS' schedule from prolific producer Chuck Lorre, Mom is also one of its most acclaimed series, thanks to an Emmy win for star Allison Janney. Another dependable part of the network's Thursday comedy block, the WBTV-produced series pulls a 1.9 rating and 9.4 million viewers.
NCIS: Los Angeles
The NCIS spinoff survived its move to Sundays well, drawing a 1.6 rating and 11.5 million viewers. Next season will see the series hit season nine and, more importantly, its 200th episode. However, the procedural also said goodbye to longtime series regular Miguel Ferrer, who passed away in January after a battle with throat cancer.
NCIS: New Orleans
The Scott Bakula-led series, which also counts flagship star Mark Harmon as an exec producer, continues to deliver on Tuesdays. The third-year spinoff registers a 1.8 in the key demo and 11.9 million viewers.
Now heading into its fourth season, the tech drama pulls an impressive 2.0 rating Mondays and 10.4 million viewers and is eyeing a syndie deal, a lucrative windfall for producers CBSTVS.
The socially conscious comedy based on the Tracy Letts play of the same name was ordered off-cycle after being redeveloped from last pilot season. The new take, with Judd Hirsch taking the lead role opposite stand-up comic Jermaine Fowler, got the green light in September and has delivered stable numbers (a 1.4 rating and 7.1 million viewers). Superior Donuts also signifies a move toward more diversity onscreen after the network was criticized for its crop of predominantly white- and male-led shows.
The pickup brings the Jeff Probst-hosted competition show into its 35th season. Thankfully, Survivor hasn't shown its age much in recent years, drawing an impressive 2.5 rating as well as 10.1 million viewers.
Keep up with all the renewals, cancellations and new series orders with THR's handy Scorecard.