CBS has ordered an additional five episodes of its new medical drama Code Black, inspired by the most overworked emergency room in America. Taking its name from the documentary of the subject, Code Black has earned respectable ratings since its premiere, winning its timeslot of 10-11 p.m.
Created by Michael Seitzman (Intelligence, North Country), the series also enjoys a notable amount of viewers watching via DVR and streaming services in the days following an episode’s broadcast, a factor becoming increasingly important to networks as fewer and fewer consumers watch television live.
The additions bring the first season’s episode count to eighteen, which is admittedly a few short of the standard twenty-two episode full season order, but it still indicates that CBS sees the show as sticking around for the foreseeable future.
Code Black stars Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, The Mist), Raza Jaffrey (Harry Brown, Sex and the City 2), Bonnie Somerville (The Ugly Truth, Without a Paddle), Melanie Chandra (The Brink, Parenthood), William Allen Young (Madam Secretary, District 9), Harry Ford (Louder Than Bombs, Skiptracers), Benjamin Hollingsworth (The Tomorrow People, Joy Ride 3) and Luis Guzman (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3).