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Top-ranked CBS gives full-season orders to all five new fall shows

October 21, 2010 |  3:15 pm

No. 1-ranked CBS has taken an almost unheard-of step in network TV and given full-season orders to its entire lineup of five new fall shows.

"Hawaii Five-0," "Blue Bloods" and "The Defenders," along with the sitcoms "$#*! My Dad Says" and "Mike & Molly," got the thumbs-up from network executives Thursday afternoon. The move came after CBS won the first month of the season in all key demographics for the first time since the advent of Nielsen "people meters" back in 1987.

"Everything has clicked so far this year — from development in January, to scheduling in May, to production over the summer, to marketing and publicity in the fall," Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "It’s all testimony to the executives in our halls who remain restless for more success, and the amazing creative talent on our sets who continue to deliver the goods."

Paradoxically, this has been overall a tough season so far for new shows. None of the new series from any network, CBS included, has cracked the top 10 either among total viewers or the advertiser-friendly demographic of adults ages 18 to 49, according to the Nielsen Co.

— Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: The cast of "Hawaii Five-0," one of five new shows picked up for the full season by CBS. Photo credit: Art Streiber / CBS.