'NCIS: LA,' 'Good Wife' renewed

Julianna Margulies drama on ratings upswing

CBS' standout freshman dramas "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "The Good Wife" have been given early second-season renewals.

The order for "NCIS: LA" is not a surprise given the show's solid ratings and the fact that the crime procedural netted a record off-network syndication deal with USA Network seven weeks into its run.

The LL Cool J-starring series, from executive producers Shane Brennan and R. Scott Gemmill, has averaged 16.8 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/10 share in adults 18-49.

The Julianna Margulies starrer "Wife," which launched to strong critical praise, has been on a ratings upswing since returning with originals in January.

To date, the series, exec produced by Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, David Zucker and Brooke Kennedy, has averaged 13.7 million viewers and a 3.0/8 in 18-49.

"NCIS: LA" and "Good Wife," both from CBS Studios, have shored up Tuesday night for CBS, joining juggernaut "NCIS" at 8 p.m.

"Two great new series, fronted by talented stars on one big night of television," CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said.

With their early renewals, "NCIS: LA" and "Wife" join Fox's "Glee" and ABC's comedy trio "Modern Family," "Cougar Town" and "The Middle," which also received second season pickups this week.
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