EXCLUSIVE: As CBS has firmed up its midseason schedule and its programming needs, the network has ordered two episodes each of new drama series S.W.A.T. and sophomore comedy Kevin Can Wait. Both shows come from Sony Pictures TV Studios and are co-produced by CBS TV Studios.
S.W.A.T. originally received an order for seven more episodes two weeks ago, bringing its total to 20 episodes. That was two short of a traditional full season (22 episodes) but was considered full season as S.W.A.T. launched more than a month after the start of the season.
S.W.A.T.‘s total is now going up to 22 episodes. In its most recent airing last night, the drama toplined by Shemar Moore drew 6.63 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day). The viewership was up +14% from last week when CBS’ primetime lineup was boosted by a big NFL lead-in, logging the crime drama’s largest L+SD audience since the series premiere. In the 18-49 demo, S.W.A.T was off by a tenth from its football-assisted Thanksgiving delivery but up a tenth from the Thursday before that.
Kevin Can Wait‘s order has been expanded from 22 to 24 episodes. The sitcom starring Kevin James, which went through a creative overhaul after Season 1 with Leah Remini replacing Erinn Hayes as female lead, is CBS’ strongest ratings performer on Monday, a night it has anchored at 8 PM for two seasons now. Facing The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and Monday Night Football, the comedy averages 8.2 million viewers and 1.8 in A18-49 (Live+7)