ABC has made some big decisions about its fall comedy lineup this week, ordering full season orders for a few of its new shows, while changing up the episode counts for a few of its others. On Friday, the network announced that Trophy Wife and The Goldbergs have been given full season orders. There is good news for Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night, as well, thanks to ABC ordering four additional episodes of the series. Only Back in the Game is faring worse, as ABC will not be producing the two original scripts the network ordered some weeks back.
Interestingly, ratings don’t seem to have totally swayed ABC’s decisions regarding each of its new comedies. While Trophy Wife has been given a full season order, that show has fared worse than the other three programs in regards to the ratings, averaging only 5.7 million total viewers an episode. While the show might not be as popular as some of the other new comedies, it has also done well with the critics. That goes a long way to explain why the network might want to stick with the show for now.
The Goldbergs full season order is less of a surprise. The Jeff Garlin eighties comedy has been doing quite well on Tuesday nights, averaging 7.5 million total viewers. Additionally, THR is reporting that the show even managed to maintain its audience this week, despite no lead-in from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Super Fun Night has received a little less critical welcome than Trophy Wife and The Goldbergs, but it has been doing decently in the ratings, likely thanks to its Wednesday lead-in, Modern Family. The show has been averaging 7.4 million total viewers an episode, but has also seen a pretty decent bump thanks to DVR. Hopefully, with the four extra episodes the series will be able to really find its footing.
ABC initially ordered a few extra scripts for Back in the Game, but now it looks like the network has reneged on the deal. Now, Back in the Game isn’t getting any extra pick-ups, effectively canceling the program, which follows James Caan and Maggie Lawson. Lawson’s a newly single mother who must learn to get along with her father after she moves in as an adult. The show features sports and humor, and while it hasn’t been doing terribly at the network, averaging 7.2 million total viewers, it seems Back in the Game is actually out of it.
Back in the Game hasn’t been pulled from the schedule, yet, but ABC does have Suburgatory slated for midseason, so it seems like the network might us its veteran(ish) comedy to fill in for Back in the Game. If you want to keep track of any other cancelations or pick-ups across the various networks, you can take a look at our canceled or renewed scorecard.