'The Orville' Renewed for Season 2 at Fox

The Seth MacFarlane space dramedy marks the network's most-watched and highest-rated debut since 'Empire.'
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'The Orville'

Fox is setting course for season two of The Orville.

The network has renewed the Seth MacFarlane space dramedy for a second season. An episode count has yet to be determined. The news comes after the show's September debut now ranks as Fox's most-watched and highest-rated launch since Empire, when factoring in delayed viewing across multiple platforms. The series ranks among the top three new dramas of the fall and, all told, is averaging a 2.5 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic when factoring in seven days of DVR — a 67 percent lift. It also has more than 10 million multiplatform viewers (up 105 percent from same-day tune-in).

"Once again, Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers," Fox Broadcasting Co. Entertainment president Michael Thorn said Thursday in a release announcing the pickup. "He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can't wait to see where The Orville travels in the second."
 
The Orville was picked up straight to series with a 13-episode order. It is MacFarlane's live-action TV acting debut. He remains an important producer for Fox and studio 20th Century Fox Television and is behind the network's long-running animated series Family Guy. Adrianne Palicki co-stars on the Star Trek-like spoof.
 
The Orville is the first of the freshman class of 2017-18 to score a renewal. It joins The Simpsons on Fox's schedule for next season. 

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