2:34pm PT by Kate Stanhope
NBC's 'Superstore' Gets Back-Nine Order for Season 2
Superstore is staying put.
NBC has given the half-hour comedy a full-season, back-nine order, it was announced Friday.
The pickup comes just a day after the single-cam series launched its second season on a new night and time: Thursdays at 8 p.m. The season two premiere drew a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, helping to launch first-year comedy The Good Place at 8:30 p.m. The Kristen Bell half-hour drew a 1.4 rating after airing back-to-back episodes behind the season premiere of The Voice on Monday.
The back-nine order is the first pickup of the 2016-17 TV season, which officially kicked off on Monday.
“We’re very proud of Superstore and we were so happy to see fantastic viewing levels with the preview during the Olympics as well as last night’s ratings in its new Thursday anchor time period,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “This is a show our audience loves and, paired with The Good Place, which our audience also loves, we think we have a sensational new comedy block to build this season.”
Superstore originally launched as a midseason entry on Mondays. Averaging a 2.1 rating in live-plus-7 numbers during its initial run, the series was picked up for a 13-episode season two in February. The workplace comedy, which centers on a Walmart-like megastore, has become a favorite among NBC execs like Salke and NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, as demonstrated by the show's prime post-Olympics spot this past summer.
From Universal TV, Superstore has been an important part of NBC's efforts to rebuilt its comedy slate. The only other returning comedy on the network, The Carmichael Show, which returns for season three sometime midseason, hails from outside studio 20th TV. In addition to The Good Place, NBC's other rookie comedy offerings include Powerless, Trial & Error, Great News and Marlon — all of which are set to premiere midseason.
On the drama side, NBC has freshmen series This Is Us and Timeless for the fall, as well as Taken; Chicago Justice; Midnight, Texas; and The Blacklist: Redemption to bow later in the season.
America Ferrera and Ben Feldman headline the series, which also stars Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Bloom, Mark McKinney and Lauren Ash. Justin Spitzer, Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green exec produce, with Spitzer Holding Company and The District producing in association with Universal TV.