CBS: 18 Primetime Shows Renewed, ‘Person Of Interest,’ ‘Elementary,’ ‘NCIS,’ More…

Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman, Taraji P Henson, Jim Caviezel of the CBS series PERSON OF INTEREST. Photo: Frank W Ockenfels 3 /CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Via Press Release:


Returning Series Showcase the Ratings Success and Programming Depth of Television’s

#1 Network in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

cbs-logo-featuredMarch 27, 2013 – CBS announced today it has renewed 18 returning series from television’s top-rated lineup for the 2013-2014 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 #1 program/drama (NCIS), the #1 comedy (THE BIG BANG THEORY),  the #1 new series (ELEMENTARY) and the #1 newsmagazine (60 MINUTES).

The renewals, comprising 16 hours of its 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 #1 in their time period and some which rank #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 #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 #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 #1 newsmagazine, and 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #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).

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CBS Renews 18 Shows For 2012 – 2013 Season: Person Of Interest, NCIS, Hawaii Five-o, Blue Bloods, More…

CBS announced yesterday that they were renewing 18 shows for the 2012 – 2013 season.  Please note that this is a preliminary announcement, so just because you don’t see your favorite show, that’s not necessarily an indication that it won’t be renewed (A Gifted Man and Unforgettable, we’re looking at you.).  The fate of the remaining shows in the CBS schedule will be determined no later than the May upfront network advertising events, which, of course, we will provide full coverage of. That being said, this incredibly early commitment to programming is a very positive sign for CBS and their confidence in their current lineup.  See full press release below.

Via Press Release:


Renewals Showcase the Strength, Stability and Success of Television’s

#1 Network

In a move that renews a large portion of television’s #1 primetime lineup, CBS announced today it has picked up 18 returning series for the 2012-2013 broadcast season.

The renewals include four comedies, nine dramas, three reality series and two news magazines.  The returning shows encompass every night of the week and every hour, many of which are #1 in their time period and some #1 on the entire night.

The renewed comedies include the previously announced multi-year pickups of How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory, the season’s #1 comedy and the first scripted program to top “American Idol” in viewers and adults 18-49; 2 Broke Girls, the season’s #1 new comedy in viewers and key demographics; and sophomore hit Mike & Molly.

Also in comedy, CBS and Warner Bros. Television are in preliminary discussions regarding future seasons for Two and a Half Men.

Renewed dramas are NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted program for the third consecutive year; NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the #2 drama for the second straight year; Hawaii Five-0Criminal Minds, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONPerson Of Interest, the #1 new series of the season, The MentalistBlue Bloods and the award-winning and critically acclaimed The Good Wife.

Among the Network’s returning reality series are The Amazing RaceUndercover Boss and the previously renewed SURVIVOR.

Television’s top newsmagazines, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours Mystery, will also return in the fall.

 “This large-scale renewal is testimony to the strength, stability and success of a deep and diverse roster of top-rated programming,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “It positions us for continued success next season and certainly creates an environment that will give our new shows the best possible chance to succeed.”

Season-to-date, CBS is first in viewers (12.13m) and adults 25-54 (4.1/10) and a strong second in adults 18-49 (3.1/08).  The Network is posting across-the-board year-to-year growth, up +1% in viewers, +2% in adults 25-54 and +3% in adults 18-49.

OFFICIAL: Full Season Orders Placed For Unforgettable and Person of Interest… One More To Go For CBS.

As expected, Unforgettable and one of our favorite new shows, Person of Interest, have both been picked up for full seasons leaving Friday night’s new drama, A Gifted Man, as the only new show on CBS who’s fate is, as of yet, still undecided.

Both shows have been consistently strong in the timeslots with Unforgettable winning its slot in total viewers with against ABC’s Body of Proof and NBC’s ParenthoodPerson of Interest has been averaging 9.5 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in the 18 – 49 demographic and the most recent episode had 12 million eyeballs on it.

We’re thrilled about Person of Interest as it’s one of the best new shows of the season but we don’t really care about the schedule filler of a procedural, Unforgettable, however, once again, it is a very positive sign that the networks have committed to this many shows so early without hitting the panic button.

REVIEW: ‘Person of Interest’ (CBS – Thursday, 9:00 p.m.)

Person of Interest stars Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice.  Reese’s (Caviezel) special training in covert operations appeals to Finch (Emerson), a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes.  Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens.  Reese’s actions catch the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter (Henson), and Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a cop who Reese uses to his advantage.  With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything. – CBS

85 out of 100

We have been enjoying Person of Interest on CBS, so far. It’s gritty, full of action, well acted… not to mention it takes place in the Big Apple.

Lost’s Michael Emerson, plays Mr. Finch, a very rich recluse who has developed a computer program that can identify the identity of persons that will be connected to violent crimes in the future. However, the program does have its limitations. For example it can’t distinguish between whether or not the person will be either the victim or the person committing the crime itself.

Finch hires John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former Green Beret and CIA field officer who is presumed dead to help stop the crimes from taking place. He does this because he can’t do it alone.

The pilot episode explains that Finch originally built the machine for the government as a means to prevent mores 9/11-type disasters from taking place, but found that it was also foretelling many other crimes. Finch built a backdoor into the machine that, before erasing the “irrelevant data” each night, sends to Finch a list of Social Security numbers of those who will be involved in those crimes. Finch also establishes that the world thinks that Reese and he are dead.

The show is gripping and plays out very fast and furious each episode. I think that it should be a great hit for CBS. Time will tell. The show is Executive Produced by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan who also wrote the screenplay. Enjoy!

You can watch full episodes of Person of Interest, here.