CBS renews all five rookie shows

Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:25am EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS is going five-for-five: The network is giving full-season orders to all of its freshman shows: "The Defenders," "Hawaii Five-0," "Blue Bloods," "$#*! My Dad Says" and "Mike & Molly."

What's more, each of the pickups is earned: All of the shows have performed competitively in their time periods. (NBC, by contrast, earlier this week renewed a handful of modestly rated rookies.)

The pickups do give CBS a luxury problem, however -- fitting the network's midseason shows into the schedule. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler wouldn't rule out reducing the episode orders for some.

Although CBS did not say how many episodes of each show was ordered, sources said the "$#*!" order was just six episodes instead of the customary nine.

"We're looking at all possible ideas," Tassler said. "It's not just about filling slots but launching a successful midseason schedule."

For midseason, the network has comedy "Mad Love," Paula Abdul's reality show "Live to Dance" and the dramas "Chaos" and the "Criminal Minds" spinoff.

The ratings to date: "Hawaii Five-O" has averaged 14.2 million viewers; "Blue Bloods," 12.7 million; "The Defenders," 11.3 million; "Mike & Molly," 12.3 million, and "$#*!," 11.3 million.

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