'Eleventh Hour' keeps on ticking at CBS


CBS has picked up Jerry Bruckheimer's procedural thriller "Eleventh Hour" for five more episodes, the network confirmed.

The Warner Bros. series has averaged 12 million viewers on Thursday nights this season — the second most-watched new show behind CBS' "The Mentalist." In the adult demo, it has averaged a 3.3 rating.

Like comedy "Gary Unmarried," CBS has opted for a pickup that totals slightly less than a full season. CBS presumably plans to try something else in the show's valuable post-"CSI" time period before the end of the year.

"Hour" has struggled to retain its hefty "CSI" lead-in yet has rated a consistent second in its 10 p.m. slot behind NBC's "ER" (which is in its final season) and ahead of ABC freshman "Life on Mars" (which shifts to Wednesdays next year). (partialdiff)