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Amid its new series pickups and cancelations, ABC continues to hand out renewals for the 2017-18 season. Next up are dramas Agents of SHIELD, freshman comedy American Housewife and lone 2016-17 breakout Designated Survivor.
Agents of SHIELD now heads into its fifth season. Marvel’s first live-action scripted drama, which moved back an hour to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, has found its footing and helped solve the network’s problem in the slot — at least with the aid of time-shifting. The series remains a solid DVR performer and is an international draw. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the show starring Clark Gregg and Ming Na has been working to reduce costs for its fifth season, with ABC looking to lower the drama’s budget on the ABC Studios-produced series. Season four averaged a 1.7 among adults 18-49 with seven days of DVR and 4.6 million total viewers. It will join fellow Marvel drama The Inhumans on the network’s schedule.
American Housewife is a great example of OK being just enough. The freshman comedy, which ties fellow newcomer Speechless by nearly every metric, didn’t open to rave reviews but it brought a solid audience — and on a night that’s not Wednesday. ABC has been trying to build Tuesday’s comedy block for some time, and pairing American Housewife with tonally kindred The Middle (already renewed) at 8:30 p.m. proved to be a winning formula. Produced by ABC Studios and starring Katy Mixon, American Housewife averaged a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers during season one.
The Washington-set Kiefer Sutherland-starrer Designated Survivor will also be back for a second season. Despite a number of showrunner changes — the series will be on its fourth by the time season two returns — an international streaming deal with Netflix helped get the drama from ABC Studios, Mark Gordon Co. and Entertainment One to a renewal. Also: It was the only true ABC breakout this season. With seven days of DVR, Designated Survivor averages a competitive 12.7 million viewers and a 3.1 in the demo.
These orders follow two-season pickups for Modern Family and The Goldbergs, as well as one-season renewals for Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder and several others.
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