Late last night, word leaked out that CBS had renewed both Mom and Mike & Molly for the 2015-2016 season.
At the time, the network refused to confirm the news, but they have just made it official by announcing the renewal of both series as well as hit multi-camera comedy 2 Broke Girls, which will be back on CBS in the Fall with its fifth season.
In announcing the pick ups, CBS noted that all three series have grown their audiences this season compared to the 2013-2014 broadcast season. Mom is up 42% in total viewers and 16% in the demo; Mike & Molly is up 20% in total viewers and is the number one show in its Monday night time-slot; while 2 Broke Girls is up 3% compared to How I Met Your Mother and its own performance in the slot last season.
CBS has now renewed seven of their current series for next season, having previously handed out renewals to NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion and Madam Secretary, while The Big Bang Theory has been picked up through 2017 as part of a prior renewal deal.
This is the first time in several years that CBS has not made a mass renewal announcement. Last year, the network had renewed 18 series by this point. The delay comes down to “strong development” and the so-so ratings of several veteran and freshman series including Battle Creek, Stalker and CSI.
That said, the vast majority of the network’s line up is expected to return. CSI is widely tipped to be given at least a 13 episode final season, while renewals for NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Odd Couple, Criminal Minds and Blue Bloods are currently being worked out.