ABC has (finally) picked up both of its new shows that joined its Wednesday night lineup this season, Suburgatory and Revenge for 22 episodes this season.
These two pickups mark the first full season orders from ABC for the 2011-2012 TV season. The critically acclaimed Suburgatory has proved itself to be the perfect companion to ABC’s hit The Middle at 8:30p.m., averaging 8.6 million viewers this season and a 3.0 in the A18-49 demo, often building from The Middle‘s audience. Revenge, which was the winner of the A18-49 crown this week against CBS’ former ratings behemoth CSI, is the first ABC Wednesday night fall drama to get a full season pick up since Dirty Sexy Money back in 2007.
In addition to Suburgatory and Revenge, ABC has ordered 6 more scripts of its second season Wednesday night comedy Happy Ending, which only received at 13 episode order for this season. Despite having a one of the best lead-ins on TV with Modern Family, Happy Endings is the lowest rated show for ABC on Wednesdays. Ordering extra scripts gives them the options to pick up additional episodes (which I pray they do) without committing to shooting them, just in case ratings unexpectedly slide.
The only decision ABC has left is what it will be doing with freshman series Charlie’s Angels and Last Man Standing. The verdict on Charlie’s Angels will prove to be a little more difficult than expected. Angels‘ ratings grew last night compared to last Thursday, so it will be interested to see what ABC executives will do; let the show air for a couple more weeks due to its latest uptick in the ratings, or deem the show a lost cause and cancel it immediately. Last Man Standing is sure to receive a full season pickup sometime next week, depending how it performs during its second week.
No cancellations (yet), and full season pickups of two great new shows. ABC is doing pretty well this season, lets see how long it can last.