More 'Mentalist' for CBS

Drama gets full season with back-nine order

CBS' new drama "The Mentalist" has been picked up for a full season with a back-nine order.

The Simon Baker starrer, from Warner Bros. TV, has emerged as one of the most promising new series this fall and a good fit for CBS' Tuesday crime lineup.

The pickup comes on the heels of "Mentalist's" third airing Tuesday. The show has averaged 16.1 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, ranking as the top program in the Tuesday 9 p.m. time slot.

The full-season order follows a pickup by CBS of six additional scripts last week.

"Mentalist" joins two other freshman series picked up for a full season, the CW's "90210" and Fox's "Fringe."