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ABC is showing its faith in Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.
The network has ordered three more episodes of the first-year light hourlong, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Additionally, freshman comedy The Mayor has received an order for three more scripts.
The additional order for Kevin brings the season-one total to 15 episodes. While that’s notably short of the standard 22-episode network order, ABC has shown more flexibility with season lengths in recent years. Freshman smash The Good Doctor, which now ranks as the network’s top drama over Grey’s Anatomy, was only picked up for five more episodes, per the wishes of star Freddie Highmore, fresh off an acclaimed turn on Bates Motel. Similarly, How to Get Away With Murder only runs 15 episodes a season because of star Viola Davis.
Also likely contributing to Kevin‘s shorter order is the show’s lukewarm ratings. Tuesday at 10 p.m. has notoriously been a tough time period for ABC, and Kevin is no exception. The series premiered to a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49, and more recent episodes have seen small lifts with delayed viewing factored in, rising three-tenths with three days factored in and one-tenth with seven days factored in.
Starring Jason Ritter, the drama hails in-house from creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, who were also behind the recent dramas Agent Carter and Resurrection.
The Mayor, meanwhile, from executive producer Daveed Diggs of Hamilton fame, had a stronger debut, thanks to its lead-in, Black-ish. The comedy opened to a 1.2 rating in the demo. Like Kevin, the delayed viewing lifts on The Mayor have been softer. The single-camera effort also hails in-house from ABC Studios.
Another contributing factor is likely the number of shows ABC still has on the bench for midseason. The network has four dramas, including two from prolific producer Shonda Rhimes, as well as three comedies, most notably the highly anticipated Roseanne revival.
As far as ABC’s other fall offerings go, no decision has been made about the future of Marvel’s Inhumans. The network has pulled future episodes of Ten Days in the Valley from Sunday nights, and it will instead burn off the remaining episodes of the Kyra Sedgwick drama on Saturday nights in December.
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