Have you been wondering whether your favorite CBS series is coming back in the fall? Well, wonder no more, as CBS just announced the renewal of a large chunk of its primetime line-up.
First up, is Elementary. The debut season of this Jonny Lee Miller/Lucy Liu starring modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson has been a big hit for the network, and its renewal does not at all come as a surprise. The show regularly wins its Thursdays at 10pm timeslot.
Next, we have critical fave The Good Wife. Starring Emmy winner Julianna Margulies, the legal/political drama has seen a huge dip in its Neilsen fortunes during season four, to the point where some questioned whether it would return at all. That was until a recent, very lucrative syndication deal was put in place that makes the show worth more to CBS alive than dead.
To the shock of no one, highly rated comedy 2 Broke Girls will be getting a third season. Slightly more surprising is the fourth season renewal of Mike & Molly, which has taken a bit of a dive this season. Still, I guess CBS has embraced the "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" attitude with their Monday comedies. Fellow Monday laugher How I Met Your Mother was previously renewed for a final season. Perennial mid-season replacement Rules of Engagement has yet to receive another stay of execution.
Thursday night action/drama Person Of Interest will also be returning for a third year, something which I am personally very happy about. Here's to the further adventures of Jesus Christ and Benjamin Linus. While POI regularly trades demo victories with Grey's Anatomy at 9pm, it absolutely crushes the ABC medical soap in total viewers. Fellow Thursday show The Big Bang Theory was previously renewed, while Two and a Half Men is still in negotiations with the cast.
Friday night cop show Blue Bloods will be returning for a fourth season, despite continuing to underperform in the 18-49 demo. The fact that the show is in the always poorly viewed Friday night death slot is probably the only thing saving it. Speaking of Fridays, Vegas will get a shot to improves its own struggling numbers there later in the spring.
Sunday night drama The Mentalist is next on the renewal slate. The veteran series has taken a huge hit this season, but then again, so has everything on Sunday nights. Hawaii Five-0, which has experienced similar ratings drops on Mondays, has also been picked up for another run. Finally, NCIS' Los Angeles spin-off is officially coming back for a fifth season. Anyone surprised? I didn't think so. Its parent series was already renewed a few weeks back. Fellow popular procedural Criminal Minds is still hammering new contracts out with the principal cast.
I realize I've covered a lot of info above, so for the TL;DR among you, here is a handy listing of the current statuses of CBS' primetime series:
Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI, Elementary
The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother
The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person Of Interest
Canceled:Made In Jersey, Partners
Most Likely Coming Back: Criminal Minds, Two and a Half Men
Probably Not Coming Back: CSI: NY, Golden Boy
Too Soon To Tell: Rules of Engagement, Vegas