ABC gives 'Samantha' a full order


ABC has handed out a full-season pickup to the freshman comedy "Samantha Who?"

The back-nine order Tuesday followed a solid third airing for "Samantha" on Monday night, when the comedy starring Christina Applegate scored 14.2 million viewers and a 4.5 rating/11 share among adults 18-49, matching the 18-49 ratings of its first two outings and hitting series highs in adults 18-34 (3.5/8).

With its strong start behind "Dancing With the Stars," "Samantha" solidified its position as the highest-rated new comedy this season and ABC's first breakout comedy hit in years.

The full-season pickup for "Samantha" comes on the heels of an order for six additional scripts the ABC Studios-produced show received last week (HR 10/25).

The single-camera "Samantha," which stars Applegate as a woman with amnesia, joins ABC's dramas "Private Practice" and "Pushing Daisies" in being picked up for the entire season.