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Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 10/25/2011

‘Person of Interest’, ‘Unforgettable’ get CBS pick-ups

James Caviezel and Michael Emerson in “Person of Interest.” (JEFFREY R STAAB - CBS)
CBS has handed full-season orders to the new TV season’s two most watched new drama series: “Unforgettable” and “Person of Interest.”

Poppy Montgomery plays a detective who can’t forget anything – literally – on “Unforgettable.” Michael Emerson plays a computer software billionaire who’s developed a new program that identified violent crime participants but apparently can’t distinguish victims and bad guys – major design flaw -- in “Person of Interest.”

So far this season, both shows are averaging about 14 million viewers.

But while “Unforgettable” has improved CBS’s ratings in the Tuesday10 p.m. timeslot compared to last season, the same cannot be said of “Person of Interest” in “CSI’s” old Thursdays at 9 hour. At least not among overall viewership, 18-49 year old viewers who are the catnip of Madison Avenue, and the 25-54 year old viewers who are considered CBS’s key fanbase.
Poppy Montgomery in “Unforgettable.” (Barbara Nitke - CBS)

The only other show CBS has picked up for the rest of the season is its Monday comedy “2 Broke Girls,” which is the most watched new series of the season. CBS yanked its other new fall comedy, “How to Be a Gentleman.” That means “A Gifted Man” as the only new CBS series that debuted in the fourth quarter still waiting to learn its fate.

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