CBS picks up all five of its freshman shows

the-defenders-320.jpgCBS has given full-season orders to all five of its new fall series, marking a rare instance of a network picking up its entire freshmen class.

"Hawaii Five-0," "Blue Bloods," "Mike & Molly," "The Defenders" and "$#*! My Dad Says" all got the good news Thursday (Oct. 21). And considering they're the five most-watched new shows of the season, the pickups aren't that big a surprise.

"Everything has clicked so far this year -- from development in January, to scheduling in May, to production over the summer, to marketing and publicity in the fall," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler says. "It's all testimony to the executives in our halls who remain restless for more success and the amazing creative talent on our sets who continue to deliver the goods."

"Hawaii Five-0" is the top-rated new series of the year, averaging 14.15 million viewers and a 4.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic (including live-plus-7 ratings for the first couple weeks of the season). It was also been the most-DVR'd show on TV for the first couple weeks of the season, adding better than 3 million viewers for each of its first two episodes.

The other four shows draw between 11.3 million ("The Defenders" and "$#*! My Dad Says") and 12.7 million ("Blue Bloods") viewers per week.

CBS' decision to pick up all five of its new shows gives the network the high-class problem of where to place its midseason shows. The Eye has two dramas ("Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" and "Chaos") and one comedy ("Mad Love") on deck for midseason.

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