The first scripted TV renewal of the fall season is in, and it’s one that validates CBS’ biggest risk this year — picking up Evil.
What’s the reason for ordering more of the religion/supernatural thriller? Some of it has to do with the numbers, which improved to a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This is its best performance of the season, and it’s one that obviously signaled a certain degree of faith (pun intended) from some of the higher-ups.
To go along with this news, CBS also ordered new episodes of many of their other new series — Bob Hearts Abishola, The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act, and then also All Rise. These four shows have been at least modestly success to date, with All Rise posting its best demo rating yesterday since the premiere. CBS is saying that these are full-season orders, but they have not said that this “full season” equals 22 episodes, the typical order for network shows.
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In a statement confirming the good news, CBS’ entertainment president Kelly Kahl had the following to say on the subject:
“These terrific new series have attracted a passionate base of viewers and consistent ratings while delivering entertaining, inclusive and relevant storytelling every week … They’re off to strong starts and are still being discovered on the many catch-up and playback options available to our viewers today. We’re proud of this freshman class and excited about their potential to tell more great stories and further expand their audiences.”
One of the reasons why CBS may have pushed for the renewal of Evil/extra episodes for the other shows is extreme confidence that they can monetize them. They’ve had a jump on their broadcast competitors with CBS All Access being available to consumers for a little while now. Meanwhile, they’ve also scored some viewing opportunities via DVR.
We’ve updated our Renewal/Cancellation Guide with news on Evil, and we’ll have some more coming up in the near future.
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