Scandal, The Neighbors Get Full Season Pickups from ABC

ABC ScandalABC has announced its first series extensions of the fall and they go to a sophomore drama and a freshman comedy. Scandal, from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, and suburban alien comedy The Neighbors have gotten their back nine orders, meaning that there’ll be 22 episodes of each this season. Both shows entered the fall with orders of 13 episodes, which is the standard for new shows like The Neighbors. Where Scandal debuted its abbreviated first season in late spring to steady (but unspectacular) numbers, the network decided to see how it held up in the fall with a smaller episode order for season two. The show managed to hold steady in the ratings for its last new episode while lead-in Grey’s Anatomy noticeably fell, which showed that the political fixer drama has established a loyal fanbase and wasn’t necessarily being propped up by its sister show.

Until now, ABC had been the only broadcast network not to have picked up a new show for a full season. FOX has given additional episodes to The Mindy Project and Ben & Kate, while The CW picked up a full season of Arrow, NBC extended the life of their new Tuesday comedies in addition to Revolution, and CBS extended Vegas and Elementary for their full first seasons. With the fate of The Neighbors, the network’s only new comedy of the fall, now decided, eyes turn to the Alphabet’s slate of new dramas: Nashville, 666 Park Avenue, and Last Resort.

Nashville hasn’t aired enough episodes to see where ratings will ultimately settle, while 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort were given script orders earlier this month. With ABC’s crowded midseason slate, a decision on the supernatural soap and military drama will have to come fairly soon; what the decision will be, though, is yet to be determined.

Scandal airs Thursdays at 10:00 on ABC, though it will be preempted this week for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards. You can check out a preview for the next episode here, as well as a recap of the last episode here. Meanwhile, The Neighbors airs Wednesdays at 8:30 in the network’s highly successful comedy block; you can check out a recap of the show’s first Halloween episode here.

Are you watching one, both, or neither Scandal and The Neighbors this season? Do you think that Last Resort, 666 Park Avenue, and/or Nashville will be getting full-season orders? What new show do you think will get the next full-season pickup?


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