CBS cuts 'Numbers' order

Network reduces episodes from 22 to 16

Are "Numbers'" days numbered?

CBS has opted to cut back the order for the veteran crime procedural from 22 to 16 episodes.

Friday nights have taken a big ratings hit this fall, and "Numbers," now in its sixth season, has been no exception. Last week, the drama starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz averaged a 1.7 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers overall.

Additionally, CBS has a couple of drama series on tap for midseason, including another crime procedural, Canadian co-production "Flashpoint," which has performed well on Fridays.

As for "Numbers' " future, a rep for CBS said no decision has been made.

But with the series, from sibling CBS TV Studios, already secured a syndication run, continuing it at the high cost associated with a long-running drama is considered unlikely.

Reruns of "Numbers" already air on TNT.
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