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CBS Keeps 'Home' Fires Burning for Full Season

(Posted November 23, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

It looks like CBS' rookie series "Close to Home" has found a permanent home.

A change in time periods has resulted in substantially better ratings for the drama, and CBS has rewarded it with a full-season order. The pickup means that five of the network's six new shows this fall have earned full seasons.

Only the sci-fi drama "Threshold," whose Friday spot "Close to Home" took over two weeks ago, is still awaiting word on its fate. CBS has moved "Threshold" to "Home's" former Tuesday timeslot for the next two weeks in a bid to boost ratings.

Since moving to Friday nights, where it follows another freshman success, "Ghost Whisperer," "Close to Home" has averaged about 11.8 million viewers -- almost 2 million more than it did on Tuesdays, where it struggled against NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and ABC's "Boston Legal." Its adults 18-49 ratings have also gone up a little, despite the fact that the TV-viewing audience is smaller on Friday than on Tuesday.

The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series is also a good fit in terms of tone with its lead-in, as it balances its stories of crime in suburbia with family drama.

Source: Zap2it

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