Today, CBS decided to take a page out of the playbook of their sister station over at The CW, and did not want to wait any longer to make some of their renewals official. Not only is it now confirmed that “NCIS: New Orleans” will receive a second season, but the same goes for “Scorpion” and “Madam Secretary.” That means that three of their new fall series are officially back in action again next year.
There are reasons for you to feel comfortable with all three of them. While “Madam Secretary” and “NCIS: New Orleans” in particular are not necessarily the biggest performers in the 18-49 demographic, they are monsters in terms of total viewership and fare at least solidly with young viewers. “Scorpion” has slipped a little since the start of the season, but has actually performed better in the demo than the Tea Leoni series.
In terms of new dramas, this leaves “Stalker” as the only show left out, and probably for good reason. With it losing much of its “Criminal Minds” lead-in, we would be personally rather shocked to see that show finding a way back on TV again in the fall. The same goes for their new comedy “The McCarthys.”
As for long-running shows, we would say that “CSI,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “The Amazing Race,” and “Hawaii Five-0” all have at least something minor to be worried about going into the fall again. We figure that two or three of them will probably return, but sooner or later, there will have to be some casualties. “Elementary” may end up getting renewed just because of syndication.
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