/// Déjà Vu All Over Again as CBS Renews 18 Series

March 27, 2013  |  Media Week

It’s Groundhog Day at CBS, as the top-rated broadcast network has booked a return ticket for 18 of its original series—the same number it renewed a year ago. Among the programs that will appear on CBS’s 2013-14 roster are four comedies (2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and the previously announced How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory ) and eight dramas. Along with NCIS, which was renewed in February, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (March 20), CBS’s returning dramas are NCIS: Los Angeles, The Mentalist, The Good Wife , Blue Bloods and Person of Interest. Only one of the network’s six freshman series was given a new lease on life. Starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, the New York-based Sherlock Holmes refresh Elementary is one of a handful of successful broadcast newcomers. After bowing in the Thursday 10 p.m. time slot to 13.4 million viewers and a 4.0 in the adults 25-54 demo, Elementary has been a rock, averaging 11 million viewers and a 3.3 in the target demo. A special post-Super Bowl installment of Elementary scared up 20.8 million viewers and an 8.3 rating, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data. Not numbered among the living was the first-year drama Vegas , which in February was bumped from its Tuesday night perch by the midseason cop show Golden Boy. Following a six-week hiatus, Vegas returns to the lineup April 5, in the Friday 9 p.m. slot. Despite leading out of the powerhouse NCIS-NCIS: Los Angeles battery, Vegas’ demos have not kept pace with its reach. In the course of 15 episodes, the period drama has averaged 10.2 million viewers and a 2.6 in the target demo. While CBS isn’t likely to make an official announcement about Vegas, the fact that the show has been remanded to the HUT-level obscurity of Friday nights suggests that it will take its place alongside the previously canceled Partners , Made in Jersey and The Job. Golden Boy and the veteran comedy Rules of Engagement are also expected to meet the reaper at the end of the season. (The Rules cast members are all in the final year of their respective contracts, and most have signed on to do pilots for the 2013-14 campaign.) Also left off the list were the procedural Criminal Minds (now in its eighth season), CSI: New York and the comedy Two and a Half Men. CBS continues to negotiate with Warner Bros. Television for an 11th season of Men. Of course, even an official cancelation needn’t always spell doom for a CBS series. A month after announcing it would not be renewing the Poppy Montgomery series Unforgettable , CBS reversed course, ordering a 13-episode second season

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Déjà Vu All Over Again as CBS Renews 18 Series

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