Fox got off to a strong start in 2017 with its midseason lineup. The new sitcom The Mick scored huge ratings in its series premiere, and the three episodes that have aired so far did well enough that we have good news for fans: The network has added more to its first season. Fox has officially ordered an extra four episodes for The Mick Season 1.
The bonus four episodes will bring the total episode count up to 17 for Season 1. Midseason series often have shorter runs than series that premiere in the fall, so the bump from 13 to 17 is proof that Fox has a great deal of faith that The Mick will continue to perform well in the coming weeks. Seventeen is still a lower episode count than the orders for many shows that air in both fall and spring, but the call for an extra four episodes after only three have aired bodes well for the future of the show.
Fox certainly has good reason to have faith in The Mick. The Live+Same Day numbers for premiere episode tallied to an impressive 2.8 rating in the 18-49 age demographic, and the 2.8 was boosted to a 3.7 when the Live+7 ratings were calculated. The ratings translate to this season's highest-rated new comedy series premiere. Additionally, it ranks as the highest-rated comedy debut on any network in more than 15 months. In overall viewership, the series premiere scored 11.6 million viewers in the first seven days after it aired. This number tied the Mick premiere with the premiere of Lethal Weapon, and Lethal Weapon was one of the most hyped freshman series to hit the airwaves last fall.
The Mick stars It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia actress Kaitlin Olson as Mickey Murphy. Mickey is a shameless degenerate who ends up stuck in a situation that she never wanted. Her attempt to hit up her wealthy sister and husband for cash backfired when they were arrested and sent off to prison. Mickey was left in charge of her niece and two nephews in an affluent neighborhood that is definitely not used to characters like Mickey. She manages to give spectacularly bad advice on a variety of fronts, but she's determined to do her best to raise the kids.
As The Mick is a sitcom starring Kaitlin Olson and not a feel-good dramedy, most of her attempts to set anything resembling a good example for the kids haven't gone too well so far. Luckily, Olson has the comedic chops to turn the cruder humor into something hilarious rather than cringe-worthy, and the series showcases her in a way that It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia really can't as she shares the spotlight with several other actors.
Hopefully The Mick has a long future ahead of it. The order for an extra four episodes at least means that we have more Mick to look forward to in the rest of its first season. Tune in to Fox on Sunday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET to catch the next episode in a special time following the first hour-long episode in The Simpsons history. The Mick will then move back to its regular time slot on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else you can watch in near future.