CBS Orders Full Seasons of 'Mom,' 'Crazy Ones' and 'The Millers'
Friday, October 18, 2013
There's a lot of good news for the new CBS comedies. While We Are Men was cancelled after just two episodes, the network's other three new sitcoms have all received orders for a full season.
Monday night's Mom and Thursday's The Millers and The Crazy Ones have all been picked up for a full season, giving them each 22 episodes. They all join CBS' already impressive line-up of sitcoms, with How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike and Molly, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men.
Mom, starring Anna Faris and Alison Janney, has stumbled a bit in the ratings, premiering with 8 million viewers and then dipping due to a weak Monday night line-up. However, after they schedule was shuffled and it had a repeat of The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in instead of a new episode of 2 Broke Girls, the ratings saw a noticeable increase. When Mike and Molly returns on November 4, producer Chuck Lorre will have four different comedies on the network (he also works on The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men).
The Millers, starring Will Arnett, has scored huge numbers thanks to having The Big Bang Theory as its lead-in. It premiered with over 13 million viewers, and the third episode had over 12 million.
The Crazy Ones, with Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, started as the most-watched new show of the season with over 15.5 million viewers. Without The Big Bang Theory as its direct lead-in, the numbers have dropped a bit to under 10 million, but it's still performing admirably to anchor the 9pm hour, especially as a new show.
In particular, The Crazy Ones is a new experiment for CBS, a single-camera comedy without a laugh-track. It's the only such sitcom of the eight CBS has and its success could help the network branch out beyond the traditional sitcoms.
With How I Met Your Mother in its final season and Two and a Half Men well past its prime, the full season orders for these three new sitcoms bodes well for the network's comedy future.
Mom airs Mondays at 9:30pm, The Millers airs Thursdays at 8:30pm and The Crazy Ones airs Thursdays at 9pm, all on CBS.
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