11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' Scores Full-Season Order
Fox has handed out its first full-season pickup of the new season.
Lethal Weapon has scored an additional five-episode pickup, bringing its total order to 18 episodes for the 2016-17 season.
"Lethal Weapon delivers an explosive and wildly entertaining core relationship between two cops, with dynamic performances by Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, surrounded by cinematic action, endearing humor and true heart," Fox Entertainment president David Madden said in making the announcement Wednesday. "[Exec producers] Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz have done a tremendous job on this show, which has proven to be a self-starter and solid companion for Empire. We are thrilled to add these episodes to Lethal Weapon’s first season.”
The reboot of the film franchise of the same name and hailing from Warner Bros. Television — whose film arm produced the movies — the procedural opens Wednesday nights, leading into Empire. The series, which took over the slot where Rosewood experienced the so-called Empire halo effect, opened as Fox's highest-rated fall premiere in two years. With seven days of DVR, Lethal Weapon grew to a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers — including multiplatform viewing. It's the No. 3 new drama this season with a 3.0 rating among adults under 50 when factoring in seven days of DVR.
Lethal Weapon joins NBC's This Is Us and ABC's Designated Survivor and Speechless as scoring full-season orders for the 2016-17 broadcast season. Still to be determined at Fox are fellow fall rookies Pitch and The Exorcist (Comedy Son of Zorn is a contained 13-episode order.)