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CBS Keeps Code Black Alive By Ordering Five More Episodes

The season of forgiveness by major networks continued today, as CBS ordered five more episodes of its medical drama Code Black, Deadline reports. It's not quite the typical full-season order of nine additional episodes, but nothing in this television season has been typical as networks have found new ways to quietly cancel underperforming shows by not pulling them from the schedule and rewarding those that do just okay with additional episodes. As it stands, Code Black's first season will run 18 episodes.

The series, which stars Marcia Gay Harden as a surgeon in one heck of a busy emergency room, has hovered around 6.5 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18-to-49 demo after premiering with a 1.5 back in late September. For America's "most watched network," that wouldn't necessarily guarantee extra episodes, but in these lean times, a steady performer might be considered a win. For comparison's sake, Stalker, which was canceled after one season, was in the same time period for CBS last year and netted a 1.6 rating and more than a million more viewers at this time.

Code Black joins Limitless and Life in Pieces as the new CBS shows this fall to get additional episodes, though those two both received a full season order of 22 episodes. In fact, CBS hasn't canceled a series or trimmed an episode order yet. And the way Supergirl is going, CBS's new shows sticking around might go four for four this season.

Code Black airs Wednesdays nights at 10pm on CBS.

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