'How I Met Your Mother' and 'Ghost Whisperer' Among Them

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NEW YORK ( -- CBS cemented its reputation for stability yesterday when it said it would renew 14 of its prime-time programs.

Among the series gaining the go-ahead for future episodes were last season’s newcomers “Criminal Minds,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “How I Met Your Mother.” CBS did not give any news yet on sibling freshman shows “Close to Home” and “Out of Practice.”

The renewals account for 13 hours of CBS’s schedule, which also includes the reality show “The Amazing Race” and a slew of the network's successful procedural dramas, such as “Cold Case,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (and its two spin-offs), “NCIS,” “Numbers” and “Without a Trace.” Also renewed are the long-lived Sunday news program “60 Minutes,” reality blockbuster “Survivor” and the Charlie Sheen sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”

Through week 23 (ended Feb. 26) of the TV season, CBS is in second place in the advertiser-coveted demographic adults 18-to-49, with a 3.8 rating, down 5% year-on-year. ABC tops that demo with a 4.2 rating, up 7.7% for the period, with Fox in third place with a 3.7 rating, down 7.5%, and NBC is fourth with a 3.4 rating, down 8.1%, according to analysis of Nielsen Media Research data by Carat.

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