The Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour is currently taking place in Pasadena. Networks are using this opportunity to share some early renewals ahead of the May Upfronts. Here’s a quick rundown of shows that will all live to see another season.
Modern Family wasn’t the only show from ABC to receive a renewal. The Good Doctor isn’t going anywhere as well. The medical drama starring Freddie Highmore has been greenlit for Season 3. Freshman series A Million Little Things will live to see a sophomore run. Long-running reality series Shark Tank earned a Season 11 order.
Over at CBS, Mom received especially good news. The comedy starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney earned a two-season renewal– Season 7 and Season 8. Not a real surprise by the eye network. The sitcom is currently the third most-watched comedy on broadcast television with an average of 10 million viewers per episode.
“We’re exceptionally proud to have Mom on our air; a high-quality, signature comedy with characters viewers love, that also brings strength and stability to our lineup,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “Under Chuck Lorre’s extraordinary leadership and with his outstanding writing and production team, we look forward to having Mom on CBS for many years to come.”
NBC didn’t pull the plug on new medical drama New Amsterdam. The Ryan Eggold vehicle performed well enough to see Season 2. It’s averaging a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens, making it the #2 highest-rated new scripted series of the season in 18-49 behind only Manifest.
Meanwhile, Freeform picked up two series. Grown-ish and The Fosters spin-off Good Trouble earned a Season 3 and Season 2 order respectively. The black-ish spin-off ranks as the No. 1 comedy on cable among Women 18-49 and Females 12-34. It also ranks among this season’s Top 3 cable comedies with Women 18-34 (No. 2), Adults 18-34 (No. 3) and Persons 12-34 (No. 3).
Hulu also revealed it renewed Light As A Feather for a second season.
Lastly, The CW renewed practically everything. It gave early go-aheads to ten current series– Arrow (Season 8), Black Lightning (Season 3), Charmed (Season 2), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 5), Dynasty (Season 3), The Flash (Season 6), Legacies (Season 2), Riverdale (Season 4), Supergirl (Season 5) and Supernatural (Season 15).
“This season, we expanded our primetime schedule to six nights with the addition of Sunday — which has been an unqualified success for the network, our affiliates and our advertisers. In addition to growing our schedule across the week, we also continue to add more year-round programming. The early renewal of these signature CW series gives us a head start on laying out the 2019-2020 season, and this is just the beginning,” said Pedowitz. “These shows provide a strong foundation for our multiplatform programming strategy, and we look forward to building on this with even more returning and new shows as we approach the May upfront.”
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