Promotional still image from “Madam Secretary” on the CBS Television Network. Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth), Jay Whitman (Sebastian Arcelus), Elizabeth McCord, (Téa Leoni) and Blake Moran (Erich Bergen), shown. Photo: Patrick Harbron/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.All Rights Reserved
Promotional still image from “Madam Secretary” on the CBS Television Network. Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth), Jay Whitman (Sebastian Arcelus), Elizabeth McCord, (Téa Leoni) and Blake Moran (Erich Bergen), shown. Photo: Patrick Harbron/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.All Rights Reserved

CBS announced Monday that it has ordered second seasons for “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Madam Secretary” and “Scorpion,” television’s three most-watched new series.

The other two CBS series that premiered in the fall, the drama “Stalker” and the comedy “The McCarthys,” remain contenders for second seasons, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said during the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena.

“NCIS: New Orleans,” “Madam Secretary” and “Scorpion” “have each made a big impact on key nights on the week,” Tassler said.

“Creatively distinctive, the series are backed by strong showrunners with amazingly talented casts and have resonated with a big, broad audience,” she said.

“NCIS: New Orleans” is television’s most-watched new series and the second most-watched drama on broadcast TV behind “NCIS,” averaging 13.3 million viewers, according to live-plus-same day figures compiled by Nielsen.

“Madam Secretary” is the second-most watched new series and fifth most- watched broadcast drama, averaging 11.03 million viewers.

“Scorpion” is averaging 10.24 million viewers, putting it third among new series and seventh among all broadcast dramas.

City News Service

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