ABC seems to be having a pretty good season so, and yesterday things got better new drama Once Upon a Time, Tim Allen’s sitcom Last Man Standing, and second season comedy Happy Endings.
The networks newest hit Once Upon a Time was rewarded a full season (as expected) after just 2 airing. The fairy tale-inspired drama premiered October 23rd to monster ratings, 12 million viewers and an A18-49 demo of 4.0, the biggest drama premiere of the season so far. Those strong numbers were expected to slide for episode 2 since some viewers who tune into the pilot, usually don’t return for the second week. That wasnt the case for Once Upon a Time though. Last Sunday’s airing matched its premiere numbers, which is pretty impressive since its airs opposite of NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
ABC’s biggest comedy launch of the fall, Last Man Standing, has also been given a full season order. Even though the numbers have slid a little bit from its massive premiere of 13 million viewers, Last Man Standing outperforms last years Tuesday 8p.m. show No Ordinary Family by wide margins. The Tim Allen-led comedy started off slow as the stars had to get used to their characters and look like they are actually enjoying themselves, but as weeks have progressed, the cast chemistry and episodes have gotten better and the sitcom has become a nice blast from the past-type traditional family comedy.
Great news for Happy Endings! With what was only supposed to be a 13 episode order for this season has turned into a full 22 episode order. The show has been performing extremely will behind Modern Family for the last two weeks, pulling series high ratings – the October 26th episode pulled an impressive 8.63 million viewers, A18-49 rating of 3.5, and that was with a Modern Family REPEAT as its lead-in. Last weeks episode had the same number of viewers as the October 26th episode, showing that this hilarious comedy has finally found its audience.
No word on what the network will be doing with its newest Tuesday night comedy Man Up!, which has only been on the air for 3 weeks, but doesn’t have the ratings power like its lead-in, Last Man Standing.
Once Upon a Time, Last Man Standing, and Happy Endings joins the full season club with ABC’s other new hits Suburgatory and Revenge.