While most networks stumble to find at least one new show that can survive in the ratings, CBS has picked up all four of its new drama series: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker. For CBS, this news isn’t all that surprising. The network’s formula for the least-offensive programming possible is perfectly suited to an older generation that still holds to Nielsen boxes even though the way we watch television has changed drastically. That’s not to say these shows are bad (I haven’t watched them), but I can’t think of a single CBS drama other than The Good Wife that gets people talking and has fans encouraging others to watch.
Hit the jump for the press release.
“These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime line up,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment.
The Scott Bakula-led “NCIS: New Orleans” averaged 18.16 million viewers according to Nielsen’s most current ratings, with the most recent October 21 episode broadcast delivering its highest adults 18-49 rating since the series premiere. “Scorpion” is Monday’s most-watched drama averaging 15.17 million viewers, while the Tea Leoni-starrer “Madam Secretary” ranks as Sunday’s #1 scripted broadcast and #4 new series with 13.53 million viewers, while “Stalker” won its Wednesday night time slot in viewers and key demographics every week this season.
“NCIS: New Orleans” stars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, CCH Pounder and Rob Kerkovich. Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Jeffrey Lieber and James Hayman are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
“Scorpion” stars Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong and Ari Stidham. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Nick Santora, Nicholas Wootton, Justin Lin, Heather Kadin, Scooter Braun and Walter O’Brien are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
“Madam Secretary” stars Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Željko Ivanek, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Geoffrey Arend, Kathrine Kerzer, Evan Roe and Wallis-Currie Wood. Barbara Hall is an executive producer with Revelations’ Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman, and David Semel.
“Stalker” stars Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Victor Rasuk, Mariana Klaveno and Elisabeth Röhm. Kevin Williamson is the executive producer for Warner Bros. Television.