Fall television season has been underway for about a month, and CBS is wasting no time in making moves for its freshman shows. The biggest move so far is an early renewal for the Mike Colter and Katja Herbers-led Evil, which is now officially going ahead for Season 2. It's not the only freshman CBS series that got good news either, as Bob Hearts Abishola and others have now gotten official full season orders.
Evil has been a solid performer for CBS, with an average of 7 million viewers a week (Nielson Live + 7 day ratings) tuning in for the Michelle and Robert King series. Season 1 is still on track for 13 episodes this season, with the Season 1 finale to air in late January.
As much as a success Evil has been for CBS, the #1 new series on broadcast television this season belongs to another one of its new shows. That show is courtroom drama All Rise, which stars Mike Colter's former Luke Cage co-star Simone Missick. Viewership is averaging around the 8 million mark, and I'm sure no one at CBS will "object" to Season 2 if those numbers stay consistent.
Bob Hearts Abishola got a full season order as well, as it should come as little surprise CBS is pleased with the latest project to roll out from Chuck Lorre. Billy Gardell isn't the only former CBS show alumni who's celebrating the success of their latest project either, as Patricia Heaton's medical show Carol's Second Act will also see a full season. Both shows are seeing viewership numbers above the 7 million mark.
Overall this is a very solid start for CBS' freshman programming as all five as its fall freshman shows have been guaranteed at least one full season. Of course, there's no guarantee all of them will see Season 2, but positive news like this so early in the fall season suggests a good number and possibly all of them will be around come fall of next year.
Of course, success is to be expected with CBS. Sometimes winning a time slot isn't even enough to warrant renewal there, so while it is impressive these shows performed so well, it's also kind of what they need to do. One can't be "America's most-watched network" (which CBS often has been) without high-performing shows after all!
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