'Newlyweds' headed down aisle again

ABC renews successful reality series for second season

ABC has renewed last season's reality success "Here Come the Newlyweds" for a second round.

The one-hour romantic-comedy series will return midseason. On the show, nine recently married couples compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars to jump-start their new lives together.

ABC has increased the series order from last season's six episodes to eight. Once again, comic Pat Bullard hosts.

The pickup has long been expected. Driven by a strong lead-in from "Oprah's Big Give," "Newlyweds" ranked No. 1 in its Sunday 10 p.m. period in total viewers (averaging 8.1 million) and adults 18-49 (3.3/9). ("Big Give" wasn't renewed after producer/host Oprah Winfrey declined to produce another season).

Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh executive produce "Newlyweds," in association with Warner Horizon Television.