CBS today announced it is bringing back 18 prime-time series for next season. The renewals include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality shows and two news programs.
CBS said in its announcement: "The nine dramas picked up are: NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted program for the fifth consecutive year; NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the #2 drama for the fourth straight year; time-period winners PERSON OF INTEREST, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, HAWAII FIVE-0 and BLUE BLOODS; as well as CRIMINAL MINDS, ELEMENTARY and the acclaimed drama THE GOOD WIFE.
"The renewed comedies are 2 BROKE GIRLS, THE MILLERS, which is the #1 freshman comedy of the 2013-2014 season, MIKE & MOLLY, MOM and the long-running hit TWO AND A HALF MEN.
"In alternative programming, the Network announced pick-ups for its Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE and UNDERCOVER BOSS.
"Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 MINUTES, television’s #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #1 non-sports program."
The network previously announced two additional renewals, for "The Big Bang Theory" and "Survivor," bringing the total to 20 returning series for 2014-15.
Said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment: “The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series. The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television.”
CBS has been averaging 10.84 million total viewers season-to-date, ranking as the most-watched network for the 11th time in 12 years, the release notes.