CBS is expanding the runs of three of their freshman shows.
The network has granted full season orders to dramas Bull and MacGyver and half-hour comedy series Kevin Can Wait, TVWise has learned. With these back nine orders, all three series’ first seasons will now consist of twenty-two episodes.
“We’re thrilled viewers have embraced these three shows creatively,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “Each one has made an immediate and positive impact on our schedule, while significantly contributing to growing their respective nights.”
These full-season pick ups come off of the back of strong ratings performances for all three shows. Bull ranks as the #1 new program of the season with an average audience of 17.3 million viewers; Kevin Can Wait is the #1 new comedy series this season with an average audience of 11.26 million viewers; while MacGyver has been a rare Friday night success story, improving the time-slot average by 55% to deliver 11.35 million viewers.
In some ways these mark the first full-season orders of the season, with other networks, who have toyed with the definition of the term, having only granted partial pick-ups below the traditional back nine. Other shows that have received back orders thus far include This Is Us at NBC and Lethal Weapon at Fox – both of which received 5 episode pick-ups, bringing their first seasons to 18 episodes.