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CBS renews 3 hit freshman TV dramas

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Téa Leoni stars in CBS's Madam Secretary. (CBS) Téa Leoni stars in CBS's Madam Secretary. (CBS)

CBS announced on Monday that the hit freshman dramas NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary and Scorpion have been renewed for the 2015-2016 broadcast season. 

The series represent the #1, #2 and #3 most-watched new programs on broadcast television this season: NCIS: New Orleans is the season's #1 new series and broadcast television's #2 drama (behind #1 NCIS), Madam Secretary is the #2 new series of the season, and Scorpion is #3. 

All three rank among network television's top 10 series, and are produced by CBS Television Studios.

“These freshman dramas have each made a big impact on key nights of the week,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “Creatively distinctive, the series are backed by strong showrunners with amazingly talented casts, and have resonated with a big, broad audience.”

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is the season's most-watched new series and broadcast television's #2 drama (“NCIS” is #1), averaging 18.1 million viewers. The series stars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder. Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Jeffrey Lieber and James Hayman are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

MADAM SECRETARY is the #2 new series of the season, averaging 14.9 million viewers and ranking as Sunday's most-watched scripted broadcast. It has improved the year-ago time period by 49 percent in viewers. Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Željko Ivanek, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Geoffrey Arend, Kathrine Herzer, Evan Roe and Wallis Currie-Wood star. Barbara Hall, Lori McCreary, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman and David Semel are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios, in association with Revelations Entertainment.

SCORPION is the #3-ranked new series of the season, averaging 14.5 million viewers. It has been key to CBS's Monday improvement, boosting the year-ago time period by 61 percent in viewers, 21 percent in adults 18-49 and 31 percent in adults 25-54. In addition, it is one of the top-streamed shows on cbs.com. Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong and Ari Stidham star. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Nick Santora, Nicholas Wootton, Justin Lin, Heather Kadin, Scooter Braun and Walter O'Brien are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

Season-to-date, CBS remains America's most-watched network, averaging 11.53 million viewers.

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