ABC Family orders more 'Teenager'

Brings the total number of episodes to 23

ABC Family wants to know more about "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

Network president Paul Lee is expected to announce Thursday at the TV Critics Assn. summer press tour that the drama series from Brenda Hampton has been picked up for 13 additional episodes three weeks into its run.

The order for the show, starring Shailene Woodley as a pregnant teen and Molly Ringwald as her mother, brings the total number of episodes to 23. One of the new segments will be added to the series' initial 10-episode episode run, which concludes Sept. 9. The remaining 12 episodes are tentatively scheduled to air starting in January.

In its three weeks on the air, "Teenager" has been growing, scoring series highs and network records this week in key demos. It ranks as ABC Family's most-watched original series ever among total viewers (2.7 million), adults 18-34 (821,000), adults 18-49 (1.2 million) and viewers 12-34 (1.8 million). On iTunes, all three episodes were the No. 1 most-downloaded TV programs the day after their respective premieres.

Separately, ABC Family is launching a 12-episode online series starring the Plain White T's later this month. "Meet Me in California" will document the behind-the-scenes process of the "Hey There Delilah" band recording their second major-label album. The series premieres July 30 at ABCFamily.com/plainwhitets, with new five-minute webisodes streaming every Wednesday through October.
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