CBS has handed out a five episode back-order to their Marcia Gay Harden fronted medical drama Code Black, TVWise has learned. With the partial pick-up, the show’s first season will now consist of eighteen episodes.
From Michael Seitzman and ABC Studios, Code Black is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation where the extraordinary staff struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most. The cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Raza Jaffrey, Luis Guzman, Melanie Kannokada, Harry M. Ford, Ben Hollingsworth and William Allen Young.
Code Black has been an OK performer for CBS. The series debuted back in September to 8.6 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating and has since been averaging an audience of around 7 million viewers/1.2 A18-49 rating; making it the number two program in its time-slot behind NBC’s Chicago PD. The show has also seen some slight up-lift in DVR ratings, which led CBS to order more scripts last month, before finally pulling the trigger on a partial back order.
This marks only the third back-order that CBS has handed out so far this season. The network previously ordered a full season of feature film follow-up Limitless, starring Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; and Life In Pieces, the network’s Modern Family-like comedy series from 20th Century Fox Television and Justin Adler. The network has yet to make a decision on ordering more episode of high=profile DC drama Supergirl.