CBS is on a roll today by cancelling its summer shows and giving its freshmen series a full season order. “BrainDead” and “American Gothic,” which aired over the summer, are no longer returning for a second season. The shows received an average of 2 million to 4.5 million per week.
“BrainDead,” a political comedy, starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Tveit, Danny Pino, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James and Johnny Ray Gill. “American Gothic,” a family thriller, starred Virginia Madsen, Juliet Rylance, Anthony Starr, Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Elliot Knight and Gabriel Bateman.
Variety reports that “BrainDead’s” cancellation has been determined for some time after its showrunners, Robert and Michael King, have been tasked to oversee “The Good Wife” spinoff.
CBS has given full season orders to three top rated new series, including the #1 and #2 new series, BULL and KEVIN CAN WAIT, and Friday’s #1 new series, MACGYVER.
The three shows, along with the Network’s returning hit programs, have helped CBS win the first three weeks of the season for the eighth consecutive year. In addition, all three have improved their time period, compared to a year ago.
“We’re thrilled viewers have embraced these three shows creatively,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “Each one has made an immediate and positive impact on our schedule, while significantly contributing to growing their respective nights.”
BULL, the #1 new program of the season, is averaging 17.32 million viewers, 2.6/09 in adults 18-49 and 3.8/11 in adults 25-54. BULL has improved the year ago Tuesday (9:00-10:00 PM) time period by +18% in viewers, +24% in adults 18-49 and +23% in adults 25-54.
KEVIN CAN WAIT, the season’s #1 new comedy in viewers and key demographics, is averaging 11.26 million viewers, 2.8/09 in adults 18-49 and 4.0/11 in adults 25-54 on Mondays (8:30-9:00 PM). Compared to the year ago time period, KEVIN CAN WAIT is up +10% in viewers, +17% in adults 18-49 and +14% in adults 25-54.
MACGYVER, Friday’s #1 new program, is averaging 11.35 million viewers, 1.9/08 in adults 18-49 and 2.7/10 in adults 25-54, winning its (8:00-9:00 PM) time period in all these measures. MACGYVER is up +55% in viewers, +12% in adults 18-49 and +17% in adults 25-54 compared to the year ago time period.
BULL stars Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Jaime Lee Kirschner, Annabelle Attanasio and Chris Jackson. Mark Goffman, Paul Attanasio, Dr. Phil McGraw, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Jay McGraw are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
About KEVIN CAN WAIT:
KEVIN CAN WAIT stars Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James DiGiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Lenny Venito, Gary Valentine and Leonard Earl Howze. Kevin James, Bruce Helford, Rock Reuben, Jeff Sussman, Andy Fickman and Tony Sheehan are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television.
On Oct. 24, KEVIN CAN WAIT moves to its new regular time period on Mondays (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT), leading into the series premiere of MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT).
MACGYVER stars Lucas Till, George Eads, Sandrine Holt, Justin Hires and Tristan Mays. Peter Lenkov, Craig O’Neill, James Wan, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Michael Clear are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Lionsgate.