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Revenge, Suburgatory: Get Full Seasons; Happy Endings: More Scripts

Suburgatory full seasonThe alphabet network has given the go-ahead for a full season of 22 episodes for two its two Wednesday night series, Revenge and Suburgatory. In addition, ABC has commissioned six additional scripts for Happy Endings.

Four episodes of Revenge have aired so far and have averaged a 2.8 in the 18-49 demographic and 8.75 million viewers. After hitting a series low with a 2.4 rating last week, the drama popped back up to a 2.7 last night. It’s currently the eighth-highest rated scripted series on the network (out of 13) and ABC’s best performing new drama. The network needs new hour programming and this appears to be their best shot at finding one right now.

After airing just two episodes, the network’s taking more of a risk with Suburgatory. The first episode attracted a 3.3 rating in the demo with 9.8 million. This week’s fell just 6% to a 3.1 in the demo and 9.11 million. While the week-to-week attrition is positive, it’s hard to know if the show’s performance has evened out yet. For now, it’s ABC’s fourth-highest rated show and is doing significantly better than now-cancelled Better with You did last year.

Happy Endings was on the bubble last May and ended up being renewed for a second season. Though the ratings have been solid (averaging a 3.0 rating with 6.97 million) and better than last year’s, the sitcom loses about half of the Modern Family lead-in audience. The additional scripts order will give the network more time to make a decision about the series’ future but this is a positive sign nonetheless.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear about these orders? Do you think any or all of these shows will be around this time next fall?

 

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Lynn December 27, 2011 at 5:48 am

So happy Revenge was picked up. It is my favorite show.

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Ross November 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm

None of those shows should come back next season. Revenge is going to be a failure for ABC while Suburgatory doesn’t deserve to come back for a second season.

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Isaura October 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

I like Revenge very much it is one of my favorite shows this season, but I just don’t see how it can last more than one season.

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Samara October 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I think that “Revenge” is a fantastic show! Emily Vancamp really is a good fit for that character, as well as James Tupper is in his role! Besides, how could you not have a successful show with Madeline Stowe in the cast! As for “Suburgatory”, I didn’t know it had even started until last week – so I have to catch up before I can say anything about it! However – I will say that I absolutely adore Jeremy Sisto, which is the reason I will watch it! I prefer him in more dramatic roles, like “Six Feet Under” and “Law and Order”, but maybe comedy will work for him!

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Craig October 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

I agree with Jeremy. Maybe they try a season long mini-series for shows like Revenge, FlashForward, The Event, etc. Then they can go into something a bit more than in the traditional mini-series that is only several episodes, but they don’t stretch out the plot lines longer than viewers’ attention span can handle.

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Jeremy Rynek October 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Good about Revenge and Suburgatory, even though I think Jeremy shouldn’t be doing a sitcom. But F**K happy endings. I watched about half of the last season and then I just couldn’t take it anymore. I don’t get how it’s doing better now. I mean really how? And another negative note, Revenge seems like it could be a miniseries. Kinda like flash forward, and that still got axed. So what about that? Is she gonna take revenge on kids from school that picked on her in like 4 seasons if it makes it that far? I
m just saying.

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