CBS has picked up all four of their new Fall dramas.
Madam Secretary, Scorpion, Stalker and NCIS: New Orleans have all received back nine/full season orders from the network, TVWise has learned. As such, the freshman runs of each show will now consist of 22 episodes.
The pick ups come after all four shows have been performing particularly strongly – an unusual hallmark which applies to most new entries this Fall season across every network. NCIS: New Orleans ranks as the number one new show this season, with more than 18 million viewers; Scorpion, likewise, ranks as the number two show; while both Madam Secretary and Stalker are the top rated broadcast shows on their respective nights.
Their strong ratings and the NFL Thursday Night Football has led to CBS winning the first four weeks of the season for the sixth consecutive year, with growth of 5% year-to-year. “These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime line up,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.
Madam Secretary, Scorpion, Stalker and NCIS: New Orleans are amongst the few freshman shows to have earned a pick up this fall season. Beyond those four, the only other show to have earned full season pick ups are Fox’s Gotham; The CW’s The Flash and Jane The Virgin; and ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder and comedy series Black-ish, which has an order for 24 episodes.