CBS has picked up two more episodes of freshman comedy series The McCarthys for a total of 15. The multi-camera, multi-generational family comedy, from Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios, has been struggling in the Thursday 9:30 PM slot, most recently logging a 1.1 on Thanksgiving. Still, CBS brass were encouraged enough by its lead-in retention (most recently 73%) to give it a little more time with a handful of extra episodes. The episodic order follows the pickup of 2 additional scripts earlier this month. CBS’ needs on Thursday are not as great as most of the network’s lineup launched late because of Thursday Night Football. The network has midseason comedy The Odd Couple likely earmarked for the night. The back order for The McCarthys comes on the heels of CBS’ cancellation of its other multi-camera, multi-generational ensemble comedy, sophomore The Millers.
The McCarthys, about a sports-obsessed Boston clan, became only the second new comedy series this fall to receive a partial back order, joining NBC’s Marry Me, also from Sony TV. Two half-hour series, ABC’s Black-ish and Cristela, got full-season pickups; all others have been cancelled. The McCarthys‘ 15-episode pickup is short of a full-season 22 episodes but, given how much comedies have been struggling this fall and The McCarthys’ ratings performance, this is still a positive outcome the rookie.
The McCarthys was created by Brian Gallivan who executive produces with showrunner Mike Sikowitz, Will Gluck, Richard Schwartz and Andy Ackerman. Tyler Ritter, Joey McIntyre, Kelen Coleman, Jimmy Dunn, Jack McGee and Laurie Metcalf star.