Fox's ‘Ben and Kate,' ‘Mindy Project' Get Full-Season Orders
Tuesday comedies receive additional episodes despite soft ratings
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/8/2012 2:00:00 PM
The Mindy Project gets a back-nine order while Ben and Kate's is for a truncated six additional episodes because creator Dana Fox is expecting to give birth later this year.
The comedies have turned in soft ratings in their first two weeks, with Ben and Kate posting a 1.6 rating with adults 18-49 last Tuesday and Mindy Project a 1.9. Both declined more than 20% from their series premieres.
"Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project have everything we want to stand for in comedy: smart writing, hugely appealing casts and comedy that feels contemporary and real -- which is why we're confident they will continue to build on what is already an appointment comedy night for young, influential audiences on Tuesdays," said Kevin Reilly, Fox chairman of entertainment.
Ben and Kate is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment; The Mindy Project is from 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Television.
Three NBC freshmen series -- Revolution, Go On and The New Normal -- received full-season orders last week.
We've got Fox giving full-season orders for Ben & Kate and The Mindy Project... NBC giving full-season orders for The New Normal, Revolution, and Go On. It remains to be seen if CBS is considering giving full-season orders for Vegas and Elementary.
It's rumored that The Mob Doctor (Fox), Partners (CBS), Animal Practice (NBC), and 666 Park Avenue (ABC) could be the first cancellations of the 2012-13 season.
Eric - 10/8/2012 4:30:13 PM EDT
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