6:10pm PT by Lesley Goldberg, Bryn Elise Sandberg
'American Housewife' Gets Full-Season Order at ABC, 'The Real O'Neals' Scores 3 More Episodes
ABC is ordering more American Housewife and The Real O'Neals.
The Disney-owned network has handed out a full-season order to the single-camera comedy starring Katy Mixon, and it has added three more episodes of sophomore half-hour The Real O'Neals. The adds bring the episode tallies for both ABC Studios comedies to 22 and 16, respectively.
American Housewife launched to dismal reviews as part of ABC's new Tuesday comedy block, where it has followed veteran self-starter The Middle. The Sarah Dunn comedy, executive produced by Aaron Kaplan, is ABC's highest-rated series on Tuesdays, building on The Middle by an average of 14 percent.
For ABC, nearly its entire freshman class has scored full-season orders. American Housewife joins comedy Speechless and drama Designated Survivor in scoring full-season orders. Only freshman Notorious — airing in the prime Thursdays at 9 p.m. slot — has not scored additional episodes. The legal drama saw its episode count trimmed by four and will finish its initial order before Scandal resumes its spot at 9 p.m. when ABC's Shonda Rhimes-branded TGIT block returns in January.
Gay-themed sophomore Real O'Neals, meanwhile, scored a surprise season-two renewal following a decent debut as part of ABC's midseason schedule last season. The comedy anchors ABC's Tuesday block at 9:30 p.m. and has not been as sturdy a performer as it was in its freshman run. The comedy, starring Noah Galvin — the same actor who made headlines over the summer for criticizing fellow out actors — recently drew its lowest ratings for ABC on Tuesday, scoring only a 1.2 in the demo with three days of DVR.