CBS' announcement of full season orders for freshman series today just goes to show there is no way you can predict this business.
Michael Weatherly's Bull received a full season commitment, which was pretty much a given. With a time slot right behind his old home and before another NCIS franchisee, there was no better place to put the legal show based on Phil McGraw's early career for a fine kickoff.
Bull is the most watched new program of the season, averaging over 17 million viewers. Those are some great numbers.
Kevin Can Wait, featuring the return of Kevin James to CBS, all but solidified its success by utilizing James' first hit series, King of Queens, as a catalyst to get his new series noticed. It, too, has received a full season order.
The commercials for Kevin Can Wait had both Kevin and Doug Heffernan in his familiar brown work outfit from King of Queens asking if he could be a part of the show, and it worked.
It let viewers know James wasn't going to be too far off from another character they had come to know and love.
Kevin Can Wait is the most watched new comedy of the season and in the coveted demo, averaging over 11 million viewers.
Never underestimate the power of Kevin James.
The biggest surprise here has to be that MacGyver has received a full season order. Six months ago, people would have said that was crazy talk.
Yet putting the series on Friday nights was a good idea. With no lead in, the premiere, whether just out of curiosity or not, pulled in a lot of viewers.
Those viewers were surprised. They probably even surprised themselves when they returned for MacGyver Season 1 Episode 2. And then another...
On Friday nights, MacGyver is averaging over 11 million viewers. Now you know where that crowd has been hiding. Waiting for MacGyver.
Needless to say, CBS is happy about all of these shows, thus the full season orders.
We’re thrilled viewers have embraced these three shows creatively,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment.
“Each one has made an immediate and positive impact on our schedule, while significantly contributing to growing their respective nights.”
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