Pair of comedy pickups

'Kath & Kim,' 'Samantha' nab extensions

Broadcasters have made the first two comedy pickups of the fall season, with ABC ordering more episodes of "Samantha Who?" and NBC picking up "Kath & Kim."

ABC on Friday ordered another seven episodes of "Samantha" from ABC Studios and Brillstein-Grey. The show's most recent Monday outing was seen by 9.6 million viewers and received a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 coming out of lead-in "Dancing With the Stars." On average, the three episodes of "Samantha" aired this season have drawn 10.5 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in 18-49. Since its premiere, "Samantha" has been Monday's second-most-watched comedy behind CBS' "Two and a Half Men."

Although rated relatively modestly in the adult demographic, the Christina Applegate series gives ABC a known-quantity comedy from which it can build when the network premieres new half-hour efforts later in the season. ABC has "Better Off Ted," "The Goode Family," "Scrubs," "Single With Parents," "In the Motherhood" and "According to Jim" (which returns Dec. 2) waiting in the wings.

NBC's nine-episode order of "Kath," also made Friday, follows a Nielsen uptick Thursday, when the show drew 5.5 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in 18-49. The UMS/Reveille-produced comedy, a U.S. version of the hit Australian half-hour, maintained its "My Name Is Earl" lead-in. In its four airings, "Kath" has averaged 6 million viewers and a 2.6/6 in 18-49.

"'Kath & Kim' is a show we love and believe in," NBC Entertainment executive vp Teri Weinberg said. "We have incredible confidence in the creative auspices of this show, and we believe it's a perfect fit with our Thursday night comedies." (partialdiff)
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