'Brian' picked up; 'Justice' mistrial

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ABC has picked up the sophomore drama "What About Brian" for a full season with a back-nine order.

Meanwhile, Fox has pulled its freshman drama "Justice" off the schedule, effective immediately.

After an auspicious midseason debut last spring, "What About Brian" received a surprising second-season pickup in May.

So far this season, the ensemble drama about a group of close-knit friends has improved slightly over its performance last season in the Monday 10 p.m. slot among total viewers (6.7 million vs. 6.3 million).

"Brian," from Touchstone TV and Bad Robot, retains 94% of its adults 18-49 and 100% of its adults 18-34 lead-in from "The Bachelor: Rome."

"Brian" was created by Dana Stevens, who is executive producing with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Josh Reims and Jonathan Pontell.

The dismissal of "Justice" comes after the legal drama starring Victor Garber failed to gain traction in two different slots — its original Wednesday 9 p.m. berth and, most recently, Monday at 9 p.m., following "Prison Break."

In its airing last week, "Justice" averaged 5.9 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/4 share among adults 18-49, holding on to half of the "Prison Break" lead-in.

For the next two weeks, Fox will air repeats of hit medical drama "House" in the Monday 9 p.m. slot, which is warming up for the return of "24" in January.

"Justice," which will complete its 13-episode order, hails from Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, whose previous series for Fox, "Skin," also lasted several weeks.
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