CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler offered a number of insights into what’s in the works at the top-rated broadcast network during an appearance today at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
Among the revelations, “CSI: New York,” which has been averaging 10.7 million viewers this season, will be discussed by network execs as a possibility for cancellation, reports Bloomberg.
Another interesting nugget, the story reports, is that CBS, not content to rest on its top ranking, expects to order a hefty batch of pilots for next season — between 15 and 24.
Said Tassler: “The bar gets higher and higher each year. Our goal is to improve each time period.”
Results for “CSI: NY” have been below the network’s average. The network is maintaining a prime-time average of 12.2 million viewers a night, and its top drama, “NCIS,” is pulling in 20.5 million viewers on average, the story reports.
“I would love all ‘CSI’ series to run forever,” Tassler said. “The truth is, nothing is forever.”
The story adds: “Music-related shows are among those CBS will consider for next season, Tassler said. CBS has been replacing older, more expensive programs from outside studios with less expensive productions that it owns and faces the prospect of canceling shows with sizable audiences.”