CBS announces sweeping prime-time season renewals

This image released by CBS shows, from left, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." CBS says it's renewing its hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory" for three more years. This extraordinary deal would carry TV's most-watched sitcom through the 2016-2017 season, the series’ tenth on the air. "The Big Bang Theory" premiered in September 2007, and has been a ratings smash for virtually its entire run. This season it has averaged nearly 20 million viewers each week. (AP Photo/CBS, Michael Yarish)
This image released by CBS shows, from left, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." CBS says it's renewing its hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory" for three more years. This extraordinary deal would carry TV's most-watched sitcom through the 2016-2017 season, the series’ tenth on the air. "The Big Bang Theory" premiered in September 2007, and has been a ratings smash for virtually its entire run. This season it has averaged nearly 20 million viewers each week. (AP Photo/CBS, Michael Yarish)

NEW YORK (AP) — Top-rated CBS has renewed 18 more of its prime-time series for next season.

These pickups come on the heels of previous announcements that “The Big Bang Theory” and “Survivor” will be back.

Nine dramas winning a return include “NCIS,” ”NCIS: Los Angeles,” ”Person of Interest,” ”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” ”Hawaii Five-O” and “Blue Bloods,” as well as “Criminal Minds,” ”Elementary” and “The Good Wife.”

Renewed comedies include “2 Broke Girls,” ”Two and a Half Men” and “Mike & Molly,” plus freshmen sitcoms “The Millers” and “Mom.”

“The Amazing Race,” ”Undercover Boss,” ”60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” will also be back.

These renewals add up to 17 hours of weekly programming getting the nod to return.

Still to be decided is the fate of “Hostages,” ”Intelligence” and “The Crazy Ones.”

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