CBS cuts "Numbers" order

Wed Nov 4, 2009 8:42pm EST

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Are "Numbers'" days numbered?

CBS has cut the order for the veteran crime drama to 16 episodes from 22. Friday nights, traditionally a ratings graveyard, have taken a big hit this fall, and "Numbers," now in its sixth season, did not escape.

Last week, the drama starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz averaged 7.9 million viewers overall. For the season, it ranks at No. 42 with 8.8 million viewers.

Additionally, CBS has a couple of drama series on tap for midseason, including another crime procedural, the Canadian co-production "Flashpoint," which has performed well on Fridays.

As for "Numbers'" future, a CBS rep said no decision has been made. But with the series already airing in syndication on TNT, the continued production of original episodes at high cost seems unlikely.

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