CBS has given full-season pickups to three of its first-year series. “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait” and “MacGyver” all received orders for nine additional episodes, bringing each to 22 for the season.
The moves are not much of a surprise as all three shows have performed pretty well in the ratings thus far.
“Kevin Can Wait” is the top-rated freshman comedy of the fall and No. 2 new show overall in adults 18-49 with a 2.4 rating, to go along with 10 million viewers, in Nielsen’s live + same-day ratings. “Bull” is the top new drama in viewers with 14.06 million and averages 1.9 in adults 18-49, third among new dramas behind NBC’s “This Is Us” and FOX’s “Lethal Weapon,” both of which have already been picked up for full seasons.
“MacGyver” has boosted CBS’ fortunes on Friday nights with a 1.3 average in adults 18-49 — up from 1.1 for “The Amazing Race” last fall — and 8.89 million viewers.
“We’re thrilled viewers have embraced these three shows creatively,” CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller says in a statement. “Each one has made an immediate and positive impact on our schedule.”
The three CBS pickups join fellow rookies “This Is Us,” “Lethal Weapon” and ABC’s “Designated Survivor” and “Speechless” in receiving full-season orders.