CBS renews 18 primetime shows for 2013-14 seasonby jmaloni
CBS announced Wednesday it has renewed 18 returning series from television's top-rated lineup for the 2013-14 broadcast season.
The mass renewals showcase the strength and stability of television's leading network among viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. This season, CBS is home to the No. 1 program/drama ("NCIS"), the No. 1 comedy ("The Big Bang Theory"), the No. 1 new series ("Elementary"), and the No. 1 newsmagazine ("60 Minutes").
The renewals, comprising 16 hours of CBS' primetime schedule, include four comedies, nine dramas, three reality series and two newsmagazines. The returning shows encompass every night of the week and every hour, many of which rank No. 1 in their time period and some which rank No. 1 for the entire night.
The renewed comedies include the previously announced "The Big Bang Theory," the final season of "How I Met Your Mother" as well as "2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly."
Among the returning dramas are the previously announced "NCIS," television's No. 1 program and top drama for the fourth consecutive year, and the time period-winning "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
Other dramas renewed include "NCIS: Los Angeles," the No. 2 drama for the third straight year; "Person of Interest," the fastest-growing show on network television; "Elementary," the season's most-watched new program; as well as "Hawaii Five-0," "The Mentalist," "Blue Bloods" and "The Good Wife."
The Network's three Emmy Award-winning reality series - "The Amazing Race," "Survivor" and "Undercover Boss" - also return with new editions.
"60 Minutes," television's No. 1 newsmagazine, and "48 Hours," Saturday's No. 1 non-sports program, will return in the fall.
In addition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television are in discussions regarding another season for "Two and a Half Men."
Season-to-date, CBS is first in viewers (12.22m), adults 18-49 (3.0/08) and adults 25-54 (3.9/10).