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CBS is committing to three more of its original series.
The order brings the comedies to 19 episodes each, while bringing Code Black to 16. Matt LeBlanc’s Man With a Plan and Joel McHale starrer The Great Indoors both launched in late October, after Thursday Night Football wrapped on CBS, which may explain why the two received orders for six more episodes rather than the traditional nine.
Airing behind the long-running hit The Big Bang Theory, The Great Indoors currently ranks as the No. 2 new comedy of the 2016-17 season with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. Man With a Plan, which has been paired with Kevin James’ rookie sitcom Kevin Can Wait, is averaging a 1.5 rating.
For the ABC Studios co-produced Code Black, the additional episode order comes after the medical drama scored a surprise season-two renewal despite season-one ratings struggles. The series underwent a major creative overhaul for season two, which saw the departures of Raza Jaffrey and Bonnie Somerville and the addition of Rob Lowe. Airing behind veteran drama Criminal Minds, Code Black has averaged a 1.5 demo rating.
Monday’s orders put the fate of CBS’ other medical drama, Pure Genius, into question. From Parenthood and Friday Night Lights creator Jason Katims, the freshman series opened to a soft 1.0 rating, but has held steady since, most recently pulling a 0.9 rating on Nov. 10.
With the exception of Pure Genius, all of CBS’ first-year series have received full-season orders. Kevin Can Wait, Bull and MacGyver were picked up for nine additional episodes last month. The network has a packed midseason slate that includes dramas Training Day, Doubt, Ransom and the return of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, as well as multicamera comedy Superior Donuts.
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