1:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Conners,' 'A Million Little Things' Earn Additional Episodes at ABC
ABC is granting two of its top-performing freshman series additional episodes.
The Conners has scored one additional episode, bringing the Roseanne spinoff's total order to 11. Meanwhile, the freshman drama A Million Little Things has been picked up for what ABC is calling a full season of four additional installments. That brings its first-year total to 17.
The Roseanne Barr-less Conners has aired only two episodes so far this season. The series premiere ranks as the season's No. 1 new comedy this season among both live-plus-same-day audiences and after three days of delayed viewing. The entire Roseanne cast, save Barr, returned for the spinoff, including showrunner Bruce Helford and stars Sara Gilbert, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf.
For its part, Million Little Things — a This Is Us-inspired ensemble about a group of friends coping with the loss of one of their own — previously earned a back-order for three additional scripts. The DJ Nash-produced drama averages 8 million total viewers and a 2.0 in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. With seven days of DVR, Million Little Things doubles its same-day tune-in and is up a whopping 122 percent in the demo. David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, Grace Park and James Roday star.
ABC previously ordered three backup scripts for The Kids Are Alright, The Rookie and Splitting Up Together.
A Million Little Things becomes the latest freshman to score a full season pickup. It joins CBS' The Neighborhood, God Friended Me, Magnum PI and FBI, the latter of which is already on its third showrunner; Fox's The Cool Kids; NBC's Manifest and New Amsterdam; and ABC's Single Parents. Over at The CW, the network launched its fall fare this month and has ordered five backup scripts for All American, Charmed and Legacies.
Still to be determined are CBS' Damon Wayans Jr. vehicle Happy Together, Fox's Rel and NBC's I Feel Bad, as they await word on their futures beyond their initial 13. CBS' Murphy Brown was designed as a closed-ended 13.