The Hollywood Reporter reports that CBS has trimmed down the order for the current season of "Numb3rs" from 22 to 16.
"Numb3rs" as well as other CBS Friday fare have taken a ratings hit this fall. CBS insists no decision on "Numb3rs"' fate has been made, but the show is in its sixth season and pretty expensive to produce, so things are not looking good for a season seven at this point.
CBS has several midseason replacements handy, including another season of "Flashpoint" (currently airing on Canada's CTV), which has performed well for the Eye.
But on a happier note, per EW's Michael Ausiello, "How I Met Your Mother", "NCIS", "NCIS: LA", "CSI: Miami", and "Two and a Half Men" will have 24 episodes instead of only 22, and "Criminal Minds", CSI: NY", "The Big Bang Theory", "The Good Wife", "CSI", and "The Mentalist" will get one more episode, which brings them to a total of 23.