CBS is two for three so far in launching drama series this fall.
The network has given full-season orders to Person of Interest and Unforgettable, which The Hollywood Reporter noted was likely to happen. The pair joins freshman comedy 2 Broke Girls in CBS’ new fare earning back-nine pickup orders.
From executive producer J.J. Abrams, Person of Interest has performed well in its competitive Thursday at 9 p.m. slot, averaging 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. For its fourth episode of the season, Person of Interest ticked up from the previous week, luring 12 million and posting a 2.8 rating. In Week 5, the hourlong drama averaged 12.4 million and a 2.7.
Unforgettable, starring Poppy Montgomery, regularly wins its Tuesdays at 10 p.m. slot in total viewers and the demo against established dramas including NBC’s Parenthood and ABC’s Body of Proof. Most recently, the procedural drew 11.9 million and a 2.5.
Person of Interest stars Lost’s Michael Emerson as a mysterious billionaire who teams with an ex-CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) to prevent violent crimes in New York. Unforgettable centers on a Brooklyn cop (Montgomery) who has the ability to remember everything.
That leaves Friday newcomer A Gifted Man, a supernatural medical procedural starring Patrick Wilson, that has been averaging 8.2 million viewers and a 1.3. It is the remaining CBS drama awaiting a full-season pickup.
The two pickups come at a time when the network pulled struggling comedy How to Be a Gentleman, starring David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon, after shifting it from Thursdays to Saturdays due to weak ratings.
Other rookie series landing full-season orders include Fox’s New Girl, the CW’s Ringer, Hart of Dixie and The Secret Circle, as well as NBC’s Up All Night and Whitney.