CBS has given what amounts to full-season orders to freshman comedies “The Great Indoors” and “Man With a Plan” and extended second-year drama “Code Black’s” season by a few episodes.
The two comedies received orders for six extra episodes, bringing their total to the season to 19 apiece. Both shows started six weeks into the 2016-17 season, so even if they fall short of the traditional 22 episodes they can still be considered as having full seasons. (See also: NBC’s “Chicago Med” last year.)
“The Great Indoors” has performed reasonably well over its first three episodes, averaging a 1.7 same-day rating in adults 18-49 and 8.19 million viewers following “The Big Bang Theory” on Thursday nights. It’s the No. 3-rated new comedy of the season, behind CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait and ABC’s “Speechless” and tied with another ABC show, “American Housewife.”
“Man with a Plan” draws a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.54 million viewers. In its three weeks on the air the show has retained about 91 percent of the lead-in audience from “Kevin Can Wait.”
“Code Black,” meanwhile, will get three additional episodes to bring its total for the season to 16. It has regressed some in the ratings this season, averaging just under a 1.0 in adults 18-49 through six episodes, compared to a 1.2 at the same time last season. Its order has also decreased from 18 last season to 16.
CBS has three new dramas and second-year show “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” on hand for later in the season; one of them will likely get “Code Black’s” spot starting in the winter.
The network has yet to make a call on its last new show of the fall, “Pure Genius.” It’s currently the second lowest-rated show on CBS with a 0.9, ahead of only “Elementary’s” 0.7.