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CBS orders full season of ‘Ghost Whisperer’, three more episodes of ‘Threshold’

CBS has picked up a full 22-episode season order of Ghost Whisperer, the Friday night paranormal program starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as a psychic who sees dead people.

Ghost Whisperer is consistently raked as the No.1 watched program among all TV households on Friday nights at 8 p.m., averaging 11 million viewers with a week-on-week audience growth of 5 percent.

But among the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic, the show ranks as No. 2. This means the show is skewing older in its audience. A similar trend killed off popular CBS shows Judging Amy and Joan of Arcadia last year as CBS sought to attract a younger audience.

The network also ordered three more episodes of freshman sci fi drama, Threshold, which immediately follows Ghost Whisperer. Threshold also ranks as the No. 1 show for its 9 p.m. timeslot on Fridays, although it has fewer viewers than Ghost Whisperer. CBS said weekly gain in audience for Threshold is at a rate of about 4 percent.

With sophomore series NUMB3RS at 10 p.m. also winning its timeslot, a sci fi and fantasy-themed Friday night has CBS winning in the ratings, according to network press releases.

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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