We finally have some comedies to go with those three new dramas that had been picked up so far this fall. As expected, CBS has given Back 9 orders to The Crazy Ones, The Millers and Mom. The pickups come as Crazy Ones and The Millers ticked up by a tenth in the 18-49 fast nationals last night. While Mom slipped by a tenth this week, it comes from comedy Superman Chuck Lorre and stars Anna Faris, so there was no chance that show was not getting picked up. In fact, all three comedies hail from A-list auspices: Lorre, David E. Kelley (Crazy Ones) and Greg Garcia (The Millers). CBS has been touting the performance of its new comedies (sans swiftly cancelled We Are Men), which rank as No. 1-3 in total viewers and claim the top 2 spots in adults 18-49 among all new comedy series in another fall that has been pretty brutal to half-hour newcomers. “We’re proud of CBS’ leadership position in comedy and excited to build on it with the back nine pickups of these three new comedies,” said the network’s entertainment president Nina Tassler. “These series are creatively distinct, continue to improve each week and are led by strong showrunners, writing and production staffs, and feature amazingly talented casts.” The only new CBS series that has not learned its fate yet is underperforming Monday drama Hostages. The serialized thriller was designed for a 15-episode-a-season run, so there is no back order to be given. Based on its high-profile auspices and solid DVR gains, the series will likely finish its first-season arc, possibly moved to a less trafficked spot on the schedule, with no further cycles.
Thursday 9 PM anchor Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams, ranks as the season’s No. 1 new comedy in viewers (13.71 million) and adults 18-49 (3.6/10). Will Arnett starrer The Millers, which follows the biggest scripted series on broadcast TV, The Big Bang Theory, ranks as the No. 2 comedy in viewers (12.41 million) and adults 18-49 (3.2/09). Mom, which airs as part of CBS’ softer Monday comedy block, is the third-most-watched new comedy (8 million) and averages a 2.6/06 in 18-49. Crazy Ones, The Millers and Mom join renewed freshman dramas Sleepy Hollow (Fox), The Blacklist (NBC) and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC).