CBS has finally made a (partial) decision about the future of its freshman series “Code Black.”

The network on Friday ordered five more episodes of the show, bringing its total to 18 for the season. It’s a similar move to what CBS made with “Stalker” last season — it ordered seven extra episodes beyond the initial 13, which was not quite a typical full season.

Also like “Stalker,” “Code Black’s” ratings are marginal. It’s averaging a 1.23 same-day rating through its first eight episodes, the lowest of CBS’ new shows so far. (“Stalker” was at 1.65 at this point last season.) Delayed viewing pushes the show’s average to just above 2.0.

At the very least, the order will help CBS fill more of the season with original programming. The network has just two dramas, the returning “Person of Interest” and newcomer “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” in reserve for the second half of the season.

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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