In a season where broadcast networks are hesitant to cut bait on their lower-rated shows, CBS is standing apart from the crowd.
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In what has become a rite of spring, CBS on Thursday announced it has renewed 18 series for next season.
Nerds rejoice: CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for another three years, ensuring that Leonard, Sheldon and the rest of the gang will be yukking it up through the 2016-17 broadcast TV season. The duration of the pickup is not a shocker; when CBS last renewed Big Bang in January 2011, it was for a three-season run.
In a night dominated by ABC’s Bachelor postmortem, a special preview of NBC’s new Sunday drama series Believe drew a fair amount of sampling.
Episode No. 200 of How I Met Your Mother powered CBS’ entire Monday night lineup, as the nine-seasons-in-the-making origin story helped deliver the comedy’s highest ratings in a year.
The return of NBC’s The Blacklist on Monday was undermined somewhat by a softer lead-in, but the season’s No. 1 new series still managed to dominate the 10 p.m. time slot.
Monday night’s biggest broadcast shows are starting to settle into their seasonal troughs … a pattern that unfortunately coincides with the first full week of November sweeps.
In killing off the underperforming We Are Men and shifting 2 Broke Girls to the 8:30 p.m. time slot, CBS appears to have halted its Monday night skid. That said, the year-ago comparisons are a stark reminder of how quickly a prime-time lineup can lose its footing.
NBC once again coasted to an effortless victory Monday night, as The Voice-Blacklist battery thumped the broadcast competition.
Two weeks into the 2013-14 broadcast season and CBS’ Monday night lineup is looking decidedly unsteady, as struggling new and returning comedies are doing little to bolster the 10 p.m. hour.