CBS Channels ‘Ambitious’ Schedule

“Survivor” took center stage during CBS’ fall schedule presentation at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday as the eye network touted the gains reaped from the success of the reality series.

“What a difference a year makes: We’re younger, we’re more affluent,” CBS Television president and CEO Leslie Moonves said of the changes in the network’s audience composition. Moonves also bragged about CBS’ track record in renewing four of the seven new series it introduced in the fall: the sleeper hit “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” dramas “That’s Life” and “The District,” and Monday sitcom “Yes, Dear.”

“We have five successful returning series,” Moonves said, counting “Survivor” among the returnees. “No other network even comes close.” Nonetheless, CBS is making major changes to its fall 2001 schedule on every night but Monday, adding five new dramas, two comedies and the reality series “The Amazing Race.”

Media buyers generally gave high marks to the new lineup and the new series, particularly the dramas “The Education of Max Bickford,” “The Agency” and “Citizen Baines.” Simon Baker, star of the new drama “The Guardian,” also was singled out as a comer.