CBS has its mind set on 'Mentalist' pickup

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After a steady performance in the ratings Tuesday night, CBS picked up a full season of its freshman procedural drama "The Mentalist."

The Eye ordered the back-nine episodes of the Simon Baker starrer, which has been a consistent performer during its first three outings. Tuesday's episode was seen by 14.9 million viewers and garnered a 3.4 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demo, roughly in line with the program's first two telecasts.

"Mentalist" joined the CW's "90210" and Fox's "Fringe" on the list of new fall shows to receive full-season orders. In addition, ABC's "Eli Stone" and NBC's "Knight Rider" have received script orders.

Tuesday's "Mentalist" enjoyed a strong lead-in from CBS' veteran drama "NCIS" (18 million, 3.9/11). Like Fox's "Bones" this season, "NCIS" is an oft-overlooked procedural growing unexpectedly strong in an early time period. "NCIS" increased again this week to earn the show's best rating in nearly a year and ranked as the most-watched show of the night.

Fox won the night with "House" (13.3 million, 5.3/15), the evening's highest-rated performer, and "Fringe" (9.5 million, 4.0/10).

ABC premiered the second season of "Eli Stone" (8.4 million, 2.2/6), but the show hit a familiar note for returning dramas this fall, dropping significantly year-over-year. (partialdiff)
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