9:45am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Bull,' 'Kevin Can Wait' and 'MacGyver' Grab Full-Season Pickups at CBS
CBS is feeling confident about its new fall shows.
The network has handed out full-season orders to freshman dramas Bull and MacGyver and first-year comedy Kevin Can Wait. All three series have received orders for an additional nine episodes, bringing their season totals to 22 each.
“We’re thrilled viewers have embraced these three shows creatively,” CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said Monday in a statement. “Each one has made an immediate and positive impact on our schedule, while significantly contributing to growing their respective nights.”
Bull, based on the early career of talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw when he worked as a jury consultant, is averaging a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. The series is toplined by former NCIS star Michael Weatherly, with Bull airing directly after his longtime series. Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m., the show has improved the time slot by 24 percent from NCIS: New Orleans' performance last year.
MacGyver, a reboot of the beloved '80s series, weathered several creative changes behind the scenes to become a strong performer on Fridays. Ranking as the No. 1 new show of the night, the remake is averaging a 1.9 rating — a 12 percent increase from a year ago.
Kevin Can Wait brings Kevin James back to the network following his long-running sitcom The King of Queens. His new family comedy has been averaging a 2.8 rating paired with The Big Bang Theory on Mondays while CBS has Thursday Night Football. Oct. 24 will see Kevin Can Wait move to 8 p.m. on Mondays to make room for Matt LeBlanc's highly anticipated new comedy, Man With a Plan.
Although the news marks CBS' first pickups of the 2016-17 TV season, they follow several others. NBC picked up a five additional episodes of hit This Is Us after just one episode, while also giving a full season order to sophomore comedy Superstore.
ABC has greenlighted full-season orders of Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor and family comedy Speechless. Last week, Fox ordered an additional five episodes of Lethal Weapon.
Still to be determined at CBS are Man With a Plan, The Great Indoors and Pure Genius — all three of which premiere next week.