Great news, CBS Fanatics!
CBS had a busy day with their freshman 2019 series.
All five got a nod of encouragement, and one got a second-season renewal, the first of the 2019-20 season.
First, the great news.
EVIL has just been renewed for a second season for the 2020-21 season.
EVIL Season 1 will conclude its initial 13-episode run on January 30, 2020.
If you've been paying attention to the news, you have seen EVIL get international distribution rights, and that's always a good sign that the show will be around longer.
EVIL, created by Michelle and Robert King, has been a solid ratings performer on Thursdays, averaging over 7.1 million viewers each week.
EVIL is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion.
The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a contractor as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and hauntings.
Their job is to assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
The series stars Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti, Kurt Fuller, Brooklyn Shuck, Skylar Gray, Maddy Crocco, and Dalya Knapp and airs Thursdays at 10/9c.
The other good news? All four other CBS freshman series just got full-season nods.
“These terrific new series have attracted a passionate base of viewers and consistent ratings while delivering entertaining, inclusive and relevant storytelling every week,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment.
“They’re off to strong starts and are still being discovered on the many catch-up and playback options available to our viewers today. We’re proud of this freshman class and excited about their potential to tell more great stories and further expand their audiences.”
Courtroom drama All Rise has emerged as the #1 new series on broadcast this season averaging over 8 million viewers each week.
All Rise stars Simone Missick in a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks, and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process.
Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be.
The series also stars Wilson Bethel, Marg Helgenberger, Jessica Camacho, J. Alex Brinson, Lindsay Mendez, and Ruthie Ann Miles and airs Monday nights at 9/8c.
Thursday's Carol's Second Act and The Unicorn, along with Bob ♥ Abishola are all averaging well over 7 million viewers weekly in Live+7 day ratings.
What do you think of the news?
Have you been watching these thrilling new CBS programs?
Which of them do you hope gets picked up for a second season next?
Hit the comments and share your thoughts.
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