CBS has handed back orders to three more freshman series, multi-camera comedy The Neighborhood and dramas Magnum P.I. and God Friended Me. The sizes of the pickups are not being revealed, but I hear that The Neighborhood‘s order is around nine episodes, which would bring its first season to a 22, and Magnum P.I. and God Friended Me have received pickups for about seven more episodes.
The Neighborhood, Magnum P.I. and God Friended Me join fellow CBS freshman series FBI, which already has received a Back 9 order. The only remaining new fall CBS series that is yet to hear on additional episodes or scripts is comedy Happy Together, which has been a wobbly ratings performer so far. After facing criticism in the past few years, CBS this year bet on a fall slate of new series with all diverse/female leads that has yielded four full-season orders so far versus three altogether last fall.
The Neighborhood, starring Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield, has done a respectable job as a new Monday 8 PM anchor. It got off to a solid start with 8.1 million Live+Same Day viewers for the premiere and a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49. It slipped in Week 2 but remained stable in Week 3 and ranks as the highest-rated program on CBS Monday night. It averaged 8 million viewers and improved the 8 PM slot by 14% over Kevin Can Wait‘s performance last fall.
The Neighborhood hails from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. Created by Jim Reynolds, it co-stars Beth Behrs, Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears and Hank Greenspan. Reynolds executive produces with Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor as well as Kapital-based producer Wendi Trilling via her TrillTV and Cedric and Eric Rhone of A Bird and a Bear Entertainment.
The Magnum P.I. reboot, starring Jay Hernandez, got off to a modest ratings start given its pedigree. But it’s been stable in the adults 18-49 demo, improved the 9 PM hour by 50% over last season’s low-rated comedies, and is a title that sells well internationally, making money for co-producers CBS TV Studios and Universal TV.
Magnum P.I., which averages more than 9 million viewers a week, co-stars Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill, Tim Kang and Amy Hill. Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, who wrote the pilot; Justin Lin, who directed it; John Davis; John Fox; and Danielle Woodrow are executive producers.
God Friended Me, starring Brandon Micheal Hall, has been a solid Sunday addition in total viewership, averaging more than 10 million viewers and improving its time period 8% in viewers over last season. The series, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Prods, co-stars Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie and Joe Morton. Executive producers are Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, who wrote the pilot; Greg Berlanti; Sarah Schechter; and Marcos Siega, who directed the pilot.