After lengthy negotiations, CBS‘ long-running sitcom Rules Of Engagement has been picked up for a 13-episode seventh season. The renewal will bring the total run of the series to 100 episodes. The order ends weeks of intense talks between CBS and Rules producer Sony Pictures TV that could not be concluded by the network’s upfront presentation last Wednesday. By Thursday, the two sides had reached agreement in principal and hammered out the license fee terms.
CBS only ordered two new comedy series for next season — Partners for fall and Friend Me for midseason — so, as this season proved, having a reliable performer like Rules on the bench could come in handy. While it has not been a breakout hit of the size of CBS’ Two And A Half Men or The Big Bang Theory, Rules has been a great utility player for CBS, delivering solid ratings wherever needed on the schedule.