‘Code Black,’ ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ inch closer to season 2 renewal; ‘Limitless’ in danger
CBS is really one of the last remaining broadcast networks still undecided on the fates of some of their shows, but we’re starting to get a few indications regarding what they might be thinking over there in their boardroom.
According to Deadline, there are positive signs out there for both “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Code Black.” The two shows are already exploring potential deals with writers, which makes for a very good sign that they’ll both be back. While neither show has necessarily been a huge hit in the ratings, they’ve been fairly consistent and are the sorts of shows that could be marketed well internationally. They are both co-productions with ABC Studios, but hey, CBS still does make a little bit of money off of them.
Meanwhile, things are also looking good for “The Odd Couple” on its way to a third season. The network seemed to have written the show off at first by burying it this spring, but its ratings have performed slightly better than expected. Could this be the new “Rules of Engagement” or “Mike & Molly,” i.e. the show that CBS tries to bury annually to no avail? Time will tell.
On the negative side, things are not looking great for “Limitless,” which is already starting to be shopped elsewhere. It’s ironic in a way given that it actually averaged a higher rating in season 1 than either “Code Black” or “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” but has not been able to retain viewers on anywhere near the same sort of scale. Right now, that appears to be the #1 thing that is getting it in some trouble.