The annual CBS spring tradition of picking up a host of shows for the coming continued Thursday with the announcement that 16 shows will be returning for 2017-18.

The network has picked up five of its freshman series — “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “MacGyver,” “Man with a Plan” and “Superior Donuts.” Also returning next season are 11 veteran shows: “48 Hours,” “60 Minutes,” “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Life in Pieces,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion” and “Survivor.”

The 16 shows join the previously renewed “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory,” locking in 18 shows and the equivalent of 15 hours of a 22-hour primetime schedule.

Several other veterans, including “2 Broke Girls,” “Code Black,” “Criminal Minds,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Elementary” and “The Amazing Race,” aren’t on the list. Nor is first-year comedy “The Great Indoors.”

“Criminal Minds” also wasn’t included in the early-renewal list last year, as CBS and co-producer ABC Studios were working out contract details. It ultimately ended up coming back for a 12th season (obviously).

“Beyond Borders” and “Elementary” are on the lower end of the ratings for CBS scripted shows, although “Elementary” also has a fairly rich syndication deal in place. Whether it’s enough to keep a show whose current same-day ratings are barely at replacement level remains to be seen.

“Code Black” is also on the bubble, having averaged a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 in its second season. “2 Broke Girls” has ratings basically equal to those of “Man with a Plan,” “Superior Donuts” and “Life in Pieces”; its fate may come down to contract negotiations as well. “The Amazing Race” is set to premiere March 30.

Freshman drama “Doubt” is already canceled, and “Pure Genius” and “Training Day” are pretty unlikely to return for second seasons. Third-year comedy “The Odd Couple” also looks like a long shot.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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