CBS Orders Full Seasons of Vegas and Elementary

The season of kindness from TV networks continues, as two more new shows have joined the pile of newbies with full-season orders while other struggling freshmen somehow continue to linger (is The Mob Doctor a Highlander or something?). CBS has made the easy decision to keep Elementary and Vegas around through the spring. Both series are three episodes into their debut run, and both have received a back-nine order for a first-season total of 22 episodes.

For you numbers nerds, Elementary and Vegas have each been averaging more than 14 million viewers, according to CBS, and based on a quick survey of first-run audiences, that's presumably including DVR viewings. Both shows are still struggling in the 18-49 demo, though, with the most recent episode of Elementary grabbing a 2.3 rating and Vegas rolling up a 2.0. Fairly typical CBS numbers, right there.

With casts that include Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Jonny Lee Miller, and Lucy Liu, there wasn't much doubt that these two shows would be successful. But what I really like here is that CBS is branching out ever so slightly from its standard "contemporary procedural" format. The network hasn't given up on the typical "Let's solve a crime tonight!" formula, but at least they're doing it with a druggie Brit and a sheriff in 1960s Las Vegas!

CBS previously canceled its new Friday show Made in Jersey and has yet to make a decision on its new comedy Partners. However, if I was a betting man—which I am!—I'd put $20 on Partners not making it to Episode 14. I think it'll be quietly swept under the rug once its original 13-episode order is complete.

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