CBS Picks Up 'Big Bang' and 'The Unit'

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CBS has ordered full-season pickups for freshman comedy "The Big Bang Theory" and returning drama "The Unit," the network confirmed.

Since its debut, "Big Bang" has maintained and built slightly on its "How I Met Your Mother" lead-in to become a solidly performing member of the CBS Monday comedy block. The most recent episode garnered a 3.1 rating, placing second in the half hour behind ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Its pickup makes "Big Bang" the first comedy of the fall season to receive a full order.

"The Unit" only received a partial season order earlier this year. On Tuesday the show bounced 17 percent to a 3.5 rating—its best since February.