Fox is staying put in Gotham. In a move that should come as no surprise, the network’s fall breakout has scored a back order for an additional six episodes — bringing its freshman season to a full 22 episodes.
Gotham is neck-and-neck with ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder as the biggest new series of the fall. With the first round of live-plus-7 ratings now in for premiere week, Gotham‘s 6.0 rating among adults 18-49 makes it Monday’s highest-rated drama.
“Gotham debuted as one of the most buzzed-about shows of the fall, and with good reason,” said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have created an incredibly rich world, with characters that draw you in and a cast that brings to life these heroes and villains in a way we’ve never seen before. We are so excited to see where Bruno, Danny and the entire Gotham team take this story over the course of this season, and so thankful to all the fans who have embraced it this fall.”
To say that Gotham is important to Fox right now would be an understatement. Currently in fourth place for the fall, the network’s other launches — Red Band Society, Gracepoint, Mulaney and reality series Utopia — have all failed to draw anywhere near Gotham‘s ratings. Fox was hot for Gotham ever since its official series order at the upfronts, making it the centerpiece of its fall marketing. That’s working out well so far, with the latest episode pulling a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 in live-plus-same-day returns and jumping 60 percent after just three days’ worth of DVR.
Gotham is the first Fox series to score a full-season order this fall and only the third on all of broadcast TV. ABC handed out speedy orders for How to Get Away With Murder and Black-ish last week.
Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Gotham is based on the characters in DC Comics’ Batman.