CBS announced in one fell swoop 18 renewals for next season, which include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs.
Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming.
The nine dramas picked up are: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person Of Interest, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Elementary and The Good Wife.
The renewed comedies are 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Mike & Molly, Mom, Two And A Half Men.
In alternative programming, the network announced pick-ups for its Emmy Award-winning reality series The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss.
Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 Minutes, television’s number one news program for more than four decades, and 48 Hours.
CBS announced also this week that they sealed a three-year broadcast deal for The Big Bang Theory. Previously, the network announced two more editions of the reality series Survivor for next season.
“The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.
Season-to-date, CBS is television’s #1 network in viewers for the 11th time in 12 years, averaging 10.84 million viewers.
Missing from the lineup is The Mentalist, Hostages, The Crazy Ones, and Intelligence.
“With the addition of the NFL on Thursday night our schedule is pretty darn tight,” CBS’ CEO Les Moonves told investors this week, indicating the network planned to only add two new drama and two new comedy series for next season.