CBS has ordered six additional scripts for The Mentalist, just shy of the nine that would give it a full season.
In its first two outings in the US, the show has won its time slot with an average of 15.4 million viewers.
On the back of the NRL Grand Final on Sunday night Nine managed a good 1.33m viewers, and gives the show a repeat outing on Wednesday night.
Along with Fringe and 90210 winning full seasons, this puts Aussie network choices in good stead -despite 90210 being bumped until summer.
Meanwhile HBO has renewed Entourage for its sixth season.
“We’re thrilled to be back for another season,” creator Doug Ellin said. “HBO has been amazing in allowing the show to grow and mature. I never imagined when we started that we would make it to six seasons.”
Production is expected to begin early next year.