In a move that perhaps not even the Machine predicted, CBS has given only a partial order to the returning “Person of Interest.” Deadline reports those expected 13 episodes very well may be the crime drama’s last, although the network isn’t saying.
CBS handed down renewals for nine other scripted series: “NCIS,” “Blue Bloods,” Hawaii Five-O,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “CSI: Cyber” and “The Odd Couple.”
Created by Jonathan Nolan, “Person of Interest” was a breakout hit when it debuted in September 2011, but with its move from Thursday to Tuesday in Season 3, ratings slipped. May 5’s Season 4 finale drew just 8.18 million viewers and and a 1.1 demo rating, both series lows.
It’s still performing in line with the other bubble dramas that received full-season orders — “Hawaii Five-O,” “NCIS: LA” and “Elementary” — but Deadline points out there’s a pretty significant difference: Those other shows are owned by the network, while “Person of Interest” is produced by Warner Bros. Television, which means CBS doesn’t benefit from syndication deals.
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