4:21pm PT by Michael O'Connell
NBC Orders More 'Marry Me'
NBC is extending its courtship with Marry Me. The network has handed out an order of five additional episodes of the newcomer sitcom from Happy Endings creator David Caspe.
Marry Me got a later start during the fall season, opening in October to solid ratings. Its premiere brought a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers in live-plus-same day returns. Subsequent episodes have dipped — including Tuesday's outing that aired without a lead-in from The Voice — but it's been worlds ahead of fellow NBC freshman comedies A to Z and Bad Judge. Those two were canceled last week.
Created by Caspe and starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a recently betrothed couple navigating their engagement with their eccentric friends, Marry Me marks NBC's second extra order of the fall. Drama The Mysteries of Laura nabbed a full back nine a few weeks back. And while Marry Me might lack Laura's full 22-episode season (for now), it does have the advantage of being one of the few positively reviewed new series of the 2014-15 season.
The most current season average for Marry Me, which includes the most recent DVR stats, gives the series a 2.0 rating in the key demo and 6.5 million viewers. It also stands as the most upscale new series on the Big Four this fall.
Tuesday has been an interesting night for comedy since Fox saw out-of-the-gate success with New Girl a few years back. And though that show has fallen considerably, both NBC and ABC have been committed to launching half-hours that night. NBC has carry-over About a Boy from last year's midseason, while ABC started fresh with Selfie and Manhattan Love Story. The latter has already been given the pink slip.
If Marry Me doesn't get an order for any more, its season will stand at 18 episodes — as opposed to the traditional broadcast 22. For its part, it did get a later start, and NBC's crowded midseason cupboard may have the network interested in trying something new in the time slot in 2015.
Marry Me is produced by Sony Pictures TV.