“Kevin Can Wait’’ — or should we say Long Island’s “Kevin Can Wait”? — is hanging around for a while. CBS just handed the freshman series a full season order. In addition, “Bull” and “MacGyver” also were given full season orders.
None was a hit with critics — but that’s never stopped CBS before. “Kevin” (Newsday: “B-”) is averaging 11.26 million viewers in the Monday 8:30 p.m. time period. That’s a good number, but of greater importance from the network’s perspective, an “improvement.” Per CBS, the show has boosted the time period’s performance by 10 percent in total viewers and is the top-rated new comedy of the year.
Michael Weatherly’s “Bull” is averaging 17.32 million viewers and (per CBS) is the top new series of the fall. And per CBS, “MacGyver” is performing well, too — 11.35 million viewers.
On paper, “Kevin” was among the surest of bets this fall — the return of Kevin James to network television in the sort of old-fashioned sitcom that refused to update either the format or the lovable schlub James established all those years ago on “The King of Queens.” The smaller risk: At James’ insistence, the series was to be shot on his home turf, before a live audience at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage — which had never been done before.
In a statement, CBS Entertainment chief Glenn Geller said, “We’re thrilled viewers have embraced these three shows creatively. Each one has made an immediate and positive impact on our schedule, while significantly contributing to growing their respective nights.”