CBS Orders Full Seasons of Its Four Freshman Shows

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CBS is very happy with its new lineup: The Eye network Monday ordered what it’s calling “full seasons” of each of the four freshman series it premiered this season. Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, Madame Secretary, and Stalker will all be extended beyond their original 13-episode runs, and while the network isn’t saying exactly how many more episodes it’s ordering of each, a full season usually implies at least 22. Of the four, Scorpion has been most impressive, opening up a new drama hour for CBS on Mondays at nine and holding up in the ratings even behind a modestly rated episode of The Millers last week. NCIS: NO, meanwhile, has proven to be a good fit with lead-in NCIS on Tuesdays and stands as the fall’s most-watched newcomer. CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler said the foursome have all “had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime line up.” That CBS schedule gets a big test this week, with Thursday Night Football disappearing and a new Thursday comedy block debuting.

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