ABC just gave full-season orders to three more series: freshmen Once Upon A Time and Last Man Standing and sophomore Happy Endings, which previously received a pickup of six additional scripts. Additionally, struggling new drama Pan Am is staying alive with an order for five additional scripts. The back-nine order for Once Upon A Time comes after only two airings as the fairytale-themed series quickly established itself as the breakout new drama series this season. Once Upon A Time and the Tim Allen-starring Last Man Standing join previously picked up Suburgatory and Revenge to bring the number of ABC freshman shows given a full season to four, more than any other network so far this season. For Happy Endings, the episodic order comes after solid showings the last two weeks, including hitting a series high. As for ABC’s other sophomore series with a 13-episode order, drama Body Of Proof, there are five episodes in the can leftover from last season, so the network already has 18 episodes on tap for this season. (Though, at least for now, it doesn’t look like the extra two scripts ordered last month will be converted into episodes.) The script order for Pan Am buys the network some time as it’s awaiting to see new showrunner Steve Maeda’s vision for the series.
ABC Gives Full-Season Orders To ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Happy Endings’; 5 Scripts For ‘Pan Am’
Almost a week after word first surfaced that CBS was making pickup calls to the producers of freshmen Person Of Interest and Unforgettable, the network has made the full-season orders to both series official. The two join breakout comedy 2 Broke Girls, which also has a full-season order, while there is no word yet the modestly rated new Friday medical drama A Gifted Man.
Unforgettable‘s ratings performance has been largely on par with the series it replaced, The Good Wife, which relocated to Sundays. Still, with an average of 14 million viewers, the crime procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh ranks as the most-watched freshman drama this season. In adults 18-49, Unforgettable averages a 3.0/3. It is up 3% in both viewers and 18-49 from The Good Wife‘s numbers in the hour last fall. Creator Ed Redlich, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman are executive producing for CBS TV Studios and Sony Pictures TV.
Person of Interest, which stars Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson, ranks a very close second to Unforgettable in the rankings of most-watched new drama series this season with 13.97 million viewers. Its 18-49 average is a 3.3/8. The mystery drama from Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams and Warner Bros TV inherited the high-profile Thursday 9 PM slot from …