A Gifted Man: CBS Orders Three More Episodes

A Gifted Man TV seriesThough it’s pulled in less-than-impressive ratings, CBS has ordered three additional episodes of A Gifted Man.

Airing on Friday nights, A Gifted Man revolves around a talented and self-absorbed upscale surgeon (Patrick Wilson) who begins to change his view on life when he’s visited by the ghost of his dead ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle). Others in the series include Julie Benz, Liam Aiken, Margo Martindale, Pablo Schreiber, Rachelle Lefevre, Afton Williamson, and Eriq La Salle.

The newbie series has been averaging a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.35 million viewers. It’s the lowest-rated show on the network and has been doing worse in the all-important demo than now-cancelled Medium did a year earlier. On the positive side however, Gifted Man typically pulls in twice as many viewers as the show’s competitors on any of the other networks.

CBS has ordered three additional episodes of A Gifted Man, bringing the season total to 16 installments. That’s a far cry from a full season order and, unless things improve, it’s difficult to imagine that the network will order a second season.

TV show supportThree of the network’s other new shows — 2 Broke Girls, Person of Interest and Unforgettable — received full season pickups while How To Be A Gentleman was quickly cancelled. CBS hasn’t announced their mid-season schedule yet so it’s unknown what the network will put in A Gifted Man’s timeslot when the series has completed its run.

What do you think? Should CBS order more episodes of A Gifted Man or cancel it when the current season is finished?

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  1. Vanessa says

    This is such a great show. I look forward to my Fridays to watch it . The cast is great, please do not cancel this show!!!!It deserves to be on the air……

  2. Susan Samek says

    I love this show and have bought all of the first season episodes olnline. The cast is amazing, and the writing is great. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL!

  3. Jan DePriest says

    Please renew A Gifted Man for another season–it really has a great cast with Patrick Wilson
    and Margo Martindale especially, but I also like all the others, especially that cute doctor
    who keeps trying to quit smoking. I use to watch him on 24, and I like him just as much in
    his role on this show!

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  5. Anonymous says

    This is one of the best shows on TV and I look forward to seeing it every week. Please leave it alone. Maybe change it to another night. Friday night is not a good night for a lot of people to watch TV.

  6. says

    This show is about the best, most decent show on TV. It’s informative, thought provoking, the cast has good chemistry among them and I wish it was on five nights a week.
    Unforgettable, & Person of Intereest come in a close second, however, A gifted man is still the best.

  7. Gene says

    This shows the inability of the net work to work. They pay good money for chewing gum that only non-thinking individuals watch and threaten to cancel a show that requires some thought. A show with layers of ideas and emotions that will not be sorted out in fifty minutes or less. Excellent concept, well scripted, good characters well played, and entertaining as well. Of course the network can’t move it in the schedule, nor try to fix their own problems, it is easier to blame the program and go to another mindless program that is obviously canned and predictable. Keep the Gifted Man on the air. Give us something worth watching.

  8. Nancy says

    Please don’t cancel A Gifted Man. We love the show, the characters, the stories. Maybe moving it to another night would help the ratings. Aren’t Friday night shows pretty much doomed from the get go?

  9. Bonnie says

    Please don’t cancel Gifted Man. I love that show that I schedule my Friday nights around it. Why do they even want to think of cancelling this good show and keeping some other terrible show. I will be soooooo disappointed if this show doesn’t continue

    • Anonymous says

      Please DON’T cancel the gifted man. It is one of the best shows on CBS. My husband and I are loyal CBS watchers. I just got him hooked on The Gifted Man and now I can’t find it.

  10. Ed says

    This is the best show on television. CBS should put it on a different night.

    They doom shows to failure on Friday night.

    If they cancel it, some other network should pick it up. Remember when NBC cancelled JAG after one season, and then it continued on CBS for another nine seasons.

  11. Patricia says

    Please don’t cancel, the show has family values for both rich and not so rich. I rush home to see it on Fridays, not sure what day is better since I record shows and watch later! I love how ALL the characters work together! Thanks,I will be looking for the show on DVD and season 2 and on.

  12. Jodie says

    PLEASE dont cancel A Gifted Man. It is a wonderful show and deserves to be on the air. I would much rather watch a quality show like this than another dumb reality or game show.

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