CBS has handed full seasons to freshman comedies “The Crazy Ones,” “The Millers” and “Mom.”
The back-nine orders arrive after a strong showing by the Eye Thursday night, as CBS TV Studios’ “The Millers” and 20th Century Fox TV’s “The Crazy Ones” helped CBS sweep in total viewers and adults 18-49 with “The Big Bang Theory” serving as a juggernaut lead-in. This week, “The Millers” nabbed 12.2 million viewers overall in its Thursday 8:30 p.m. timeslot, and “Crazy Ones” drew 9.5 million at 9 p.m.
“Mom” — Chuck Lorre’s latest comedy entrant from Warner Bros. TV — attracted 6.7 million viewers this week on Monday, though CBS’ lineup that evening is struggling against NBC’s “The Voice” and “The Blacklist,” along with ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Vote of confidence in “Mom” with a full season pickup could mean an eventual rejiggering of CBS comedy scheduling, where the Anna Faris-starrer could be comfortably seated with more solid lead-ins. “Mom” is currently averaging just under 8 million viewers on CBS.
NBC has removed “Welcome to the Family” and “Ironside” from its schedule and set a Jan. 2 return date for “Community.” The Peacock also said that “Chicago Fire” spinoff “Chicago P.D.” will premiere Jan. 8 in the former 10 p.m. Wednesday timeslot of its forerunner, which now airs on Tuesdays.
“Ironside,” starring Blair Underwood, will vacate that time period after its fourth episode airs Oct. 23, in favor of editions of “Dateline” and various specials (including “Saturday Night Live”-themed specials, as well as consecutive holiday outings for Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble in December) through the end of 2013.
Meanwhile, “Welcome to the Family” is being axed immediately after three episodes. An encore episode of “The Voice” will air on Thursday for NBC next week, with an “SNL Halloween” special a week later. Then, a live episode of “The Voice” will air Nov. 7, before “Parks and Recreation” returns with back-to-back episodes on Nov. 14 and again on Nov. 21.