CBS re-ups comedies; NBC orders more 'Medium'


CBS has ordered additional episodes of freshman comedies "Gary Unmarried" and "Worst Week."

The network picked up seven "Unmarried" half-hours from ABC Studios/CBS Paramount. Although still shy of the standard 22 episodes, CBS is calling the move a full-season order because the network also purchased two scripts.

CBS also ordered three episodes of "Week" from Universal Media Studios/CBS Paramount.

"Unmarried," starring Jay Mohr, has averaged 7.4 million viewers and a 2.5 adult-demo rating; "Week" has averaged 9.9 million viewers and a 3.3 adult-demo rating.

Although "Week" is higher rated, it has the luxury of a "Two and a Half Men" lead-in on Mondays, whereas "Unmarried" has a more modest push from "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

"Unmarried" also showed promise during its one experiment on a Monday, when a repeat of its pilot maintained a larger percentage of the "Men" audience. Returning series "Rules of Engagement" also is a factor for midseason and could drop into either slot should "Week" get pulled.

In addition, NBC has ordered a half-dozen more episodes of veteran supernatural procedural "Medium." The order brings the "Medium" total to 19 episodes from CBS Paramount, Picturemaker and Grammnet.

"Medium" producers previously were told to have the show ready to return to air before the first of the year. Given that NBC has canceled "My Own Worst Enemy," which resides in the 10 p.m. Monday slot that housed "Medium" last year, a return to its former home seems likely.

Last season, NBC aired "Medium" without breaks or repeats after the holidays to avoid scheduling disruption of the show. That is the preferred route to maximize viewership, but it's not clear if the network has any option other than to get the show back on the air quickly. (partialdiff)
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