TV lineups are currently going through some changes as networks decide which shows have better chances at long futures. Some shows have already had their episode counts cut as the networks have begun working out the schedules for the rest of the 2016-2017 TV season. Luckily, fans of Lucifer on Fox have some devilishly good news worth celebrating this Halloween. Fox has officially upped the episode order for the rest of the television season.
Lucifer got an order for an extra nine episodes, which on top of the original order for 13 brings the total episode count up to 22. The extra episodes should come as a relief to viewers who have gotten attached to Lucifer and his cohorts, all things considered. Shows going into their second seasons usually get a full order to start with, and the initial low episode count for Season 2 seemed to indicate that Fox didn't have all its faith in Lucifer, despite good ratings during its first season.
The show got off to a strong start as a midseason series in early 2016, although its early high ratings undoubtedly had something to do with The X-Files revival that brought huge numbers for Fox in the time slot right before Lucifer. The first season ultimately averaged a 1.47 rating in the valuable 18 - 49 age demographic, with 4.56 million viewers in the Live + same day ratings measurements. Season 2 has so far averaged a 1.11 in the 18 - 49 demographic and 3.775 million viewers.
Those numbers aren't remarkable, but they're also not the only numbers that Fox is paying attention to this fall. Fox has been taking viewers who catch up on the series after more than a day or two into account. Lucifer has reportedly been averaging 8.0 million viewers on multiple platforms in Season 2, which is a 105% jump over just the live + same day viewership. The network has good reason to believe that there's a sizable audience tuning in to Lucifer, even if they don't all watch when episodes air live or immediately thereafter.
Having said this, fans didn't necessarily need to panic with the initial order of 13 episodes. Season 1 only got 13 episodes, and it was possible that network execs just saw Lucifer as a show that is better with shorter seasons. It should be interesting to see how Lucifer does with the extra nine episodes.
The show has gone through some exciting shifts in Season 2, not the least of which have been additions to the cast. Tricia Helfer joining as Lucifer's mom and Aimee Garcia being added as forensic scientist Ella Lopez freshened up the show's dynamic right off the bat, and there's no reason to believe that Lucifer will be slowing down any time soon.
You can check out Fox on Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET to see what's next for Lucifer, Chloe, and all the rest on Lucifer.