CBS CEO Leslie Moonves revealed this morning during the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet And Telecom Conference that the "Eye Network" plans to renew most of its freshman series. According to Deadline, Moonves said:
“We have about five new shows on this year. Of those five, I believe all five of them will be renewed, and we own four of them.”
The five shows include Limitless, Code Black, Life In Pieces, Supergirl and Angel From Hell. Angel From Hell has already been cancelled, and both Rush Hour and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders are set to premiere this spring, so that means CBS actually owns four out of the six.
So Moonves's math might be a little off, but we do know that Supergirl is doing insanely well for the network. It's bringing in a 1.8 in ratings as well as 8 million viewers, so despite numbers slipping recently, it's doing very well overall.
The fact that CBS owns most of its series means that its making massive bank in syndication. Moonves explained:
“Look at the ratings. Look at how often 'The Big Bang Theory' is on [TBS]. It’s on almost every 20 seconds. So when they say, ‘Oh, we’re not buying as much off-network [reruns],’ that’s not exactly the truth. That marketplace is very solid.”
CBS is also exploring the digital world with CBS All Access, where shows like next year's Star Trek can be watched exclusively. Moonves also claimed that he ordered 17 pilots for fall, but is looking to pick up only four to five in total.
If you're interested in checking out the two newest series, be sure to tune in to Beyond Boarders on March 16 and Rush Hour on March 31.