The alphabet network has ordered three additional scripts each for Malibu Country and Last Man Standing. The sitcoms premiered 10 days ago and performed very well for Friday night shows.
Starring Reba McEntire, Malibu Country drew a 2.3 rating with 9.1 million viewers. This past Friday’s episode dropped 26% in the demo, to a 1.7 rating, but that’s still quite respectable for the night.
Starring Tim Allen, the second season of Last Man Standing kicked off to a 2.0 rating with 8.07 million viewers. Last Friday dropped as well, registering a 1.6 in the demo — a decline of 20%. Again, that’s still a solid number for a Friday — and, aside from the season premiere, the show’s best performance since February.
ABC is obviously being cautiously optimistic about the sitcoms’ futures but if they stay at last Friday’s levels it seems likely they’ll both get full season pickups. It’s worth noting that both are outperforming Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 on Tuesday nights.
What do you think? Do you like Malibu Country and Last Man Standing? Which is better? Do you think they’ll get full season orders?