After allowing CW and CBS to take in some of the glory of full season orders, NBC is doing the same. Unlike CW and CBS, however, NBC is handing out a full season to only one series: The Mysteries of Laura.
Debuting as the first drama of the season behind America’s Got Talent, The Mysteries of Laura did well with 10.2 million viewers and 2.0 A18-49. When it moved to its official Wednesday 8 o’clock timeslot, many believed it would die quickly (including myself). That was not the case. Despite an older skew, The Mysteries of Laura has averaged between 8 and 9 million viewers the last four episodes. It has also helped Law and Order: SVU score some of its more impressive performances, at least in total viewers.
NBC has ordered an additional nine episodes, bringing its first season total to 22 episodes.