CBS has handed down early second season renewals for three of their freshman drama series — Madam Secretary, Scorpion, and NCIS: New Orleans.
Here’s the press release:
CBS RENEWS HIT FRESHMAN DRAMAS “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS,” “MADAM SECRETARY” AND “SCORPION” FOR THE 2015-2016 BROADCAST SEASON
The Dramas, All Produced by CBS Television Studios, Represent the #1, #2 and #3 Most-Watched New Programs This Season and Rank Among Network Television’s Top 10 Series
“NCIS: New Orleans” Is the Season’s #1 New Series and Broadcast Television’s #2 Drama
“Madam Secretary” Is the #2 New Series of the Season
“Scorpion” Is the #3 New Series of the Season
CBS announced today that the hit freshman dramas NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, MADAM SECRETARY and SCORPION have been renewed for the 2015-2016 broadcast season. The series represent the #1, #2 and #3 most-watched new programs on broadcast television this season: NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is the season’s #1 new series and broadcast television’s #2 drama (behind #1 NCIS), MADAM SECRETARY is the #2 new series of the season, and SCORPION is #3. All three rank among network television’s top 10 series, and are produced by CBS Television Studios.
“These freshman dramas have each made a big impact on key nights of the week,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “Creatively distinctive, the series are backed by strong showrunners with amazingly talented casts, and have resonated with a big, broad audience.”
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is the season’s most-watched new series and broadcast television’s #2 drama (“NCIS” is #1), averaging 18.1 million viewers. The series stars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder. Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Jeffrey Lieber and James Hayman are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
MADAM SECRETARY is the #2 new series of the season, averaging 14.9 million viewers and ranking as Sunday’s most-watched scripted broadcast. It has improved the year-ago time period by +49% in viewers. Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, �eljko Ivanek, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Geoffrey Arend, Kathrine Herzer, Evan Roe and Wallis Currie-Wood star. Barbara Hall, Lori McCreary, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman and David Semel are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios, in association with Revelations Entertainment.
SCORPION is the #3-ranked new series of the season, averaging 14.5 million viewers. It has been key to CBS’s Monday improvement, boosting the year-ago time period by +61% in viewers, +21% in adults 18-49 and +31% in adults 25-54. In addition, it is one of the top-streamed shows on cbs.com. Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong and Ari Stidham star. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Nick Santora, Nicholas Wootton, Justin Lin, Heather Kadin, Scooter Braun and Walter O’Brien are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
Season-to-date, CBS remains America’s most-watched network, averaging 11.53 million viewers.
What do you think? Are you happy to hear about these early renewals? Do you watch any or all of these shows?