CBS is bringing back three of their freshman series next season.
At the network’s executive panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, CBS’ Chairman of Entertainment Nina Tassler announced that they had renewed rookie dramas NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary and Scorpion for second seasons.
All three series have been strong performers for CBS in the ratings, with NCIS: New Orleans and Madam Secretary ranking as the number one and number two new dramas of the season, respectively. It is also worth noting that all three are produced by the network’s sister studio CBS Television Studios – giving CBS extra incentive to pick them up for next season.
“These freshman dramas have each made a big impact on key nights of the week,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “Creatively distinctive, the series are backed by strong showrunners with amazingly talented casts, and have resonated with a big, broad audience.”
In addition to being decent ratings performers, all three have also been big sellers for CBS Television Studios’ international distribution division CBS Studios International. CBSSI has already secured UK deals for all three series; with Channel 5 having acquired NCIS: New Orleans, while Madam Secretary was snapped up by Sky Living and Scorpion landed at ITV2.