September 22, 2008 / 3:44 AM / 10 years ago

CBS renews Canadian crime drama for second season

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS has renewed the summer crime drama “Flashpoint” for a second season after the show hit a season high Thursday.

The modestly show drew 9.7 million total viewers during its latest airing. Season-to-date, it has been averaging 7.7 million viewers. Enrico Colantoni stars as the leader of a SWAT-like police team in Toronto.

The show originally was launched on low-traffic Friday nights, with CBS’ higher-profile summer scripted effort “Swingtown” landing the coveted Thursday spot. As “Swingtown’s” ratings declined, CBS swapped the shows, and “Flashpoint” held its own.

During the Summer Olympics, “Flashpoint” weathered NBC’s ratings storm without losing much ground. After the Games, “Flashpoint” began climbing in the ratings even as other networks’ continuing summer fare declined.

“‘Flashpoint’ shows that the summer can be a great place to launch shows and experiment with different forms of programming — including international co-productions,” CBS scheduling chief Kelly Kahl said. “It’s great to go into next year with another proven performer on the bench ready to go.”

The show’s success gives CBS the sort of property that all the broadcasters have long sought: a low-cost scripted summer series. But given “Flashpoint’s” solid performance, CBS is leaving the door open to possibly bringing the drama back as early as midseason.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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