“Gotham” Snags Full Season Order; “American Horror Story” Renewed

gothamAhead of tonight’s fourth episode, FOX has given Batman-prequel, Gotham, a full season order.  The initial order for Gotham was set at 16 episodes.  Given the state of FOX, however, the network decided to bump up the order to a full 22 episodes.

The most recent episode of Gotham scored 6.36 million viewers and 2.5 A18-49 demo.  In addition, it ranks as one of the top DVR’ed shows on television.  In just released data, the series premiere of Gotham jumped from an initial 3.3 A18-49 to 6.0 A18-49, a rise of 82%.

freakshowOn the cable side of things, FX has announced a fifth season renewal for hit anthology series, American Horror Story.  The fifth season order comes a few days after the fourth season, Freak Show, notched the shows largest numbers ever (6 million viewers / 3.1 A18-49 demo) in its season debut.

The fifth season is expected to launch next fall, as has been the pattern for the past four seasons.  Also similar to past seasons, the fifth season will consist of 13 episodes.

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ABC Gives Full Season Orders to Two Series

We have our first full season orders of the season!

blackishABC announced today that breakout drama, How to Get Away with Murder, and the number one new comedy of the season, Black-ish, would be given full season orders.  The “full season order” for How to Get Away with Murder is for 15 episodes, a two episode extension from the original order.  Black-ish received the typical 22 episode order.

In its first two weeks, How to Get Away with Murder is averaging a massive 13.24 million viewers and 3.6 A18-49.  That is far and away the biggest new drama of the season.

Through three episodes, Black-ish is averaging 9.2 million viewers and 2.9 A18-49. After suffering a drop of 21% in week two, Black-ish ticked up three tenths this week.

Surprise: AMC Renews “Halt and Catch Fire”

new-halt-and-catch-fire-trailer__twocolumncontentFolks, we have what may be the most surprising renewal of the season.  Earlier today, AMC announced the renewal of low-rated Halt and Catch Fire.

In its ten episode season, Half and Catch Fire averaged 800,000 viewers and 0.3 A18-49 demo.  While that may not look horrible, the show debuted to 1.19 million viewers and 0.3 demo, before collapsing to 574,000 viewers and 0.2 demo for its season finale.  That is the lowest performance for an episode of an AMC original drama in the networks history (since Mad Men premiered in 2007).   Yes, lower than Low Winter Sun and Rubicon, both of which last one season.

AMC says the renewal is based on a committed core audience and critical acclaim.  In addition, Halt and Catch Fire is one of the most upscale dramas on television in the A25-54 demographic (behind Mad MenThe Good Wife, and Parenthood, respectively).

Showtime Renews “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan”

masters-ofsex-and-ray-donovanShowtime has announced the renewals of Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.  Both will return for a third season next summer.

Despite losing its Dexter lead in, Ray Donovan has held up surprisingly well in its second season.  Through six episodes, the drama is averaging 1.36 million viewers and 0.5 A18-49, down only 6% among total viewers and 10% in the demo from a comparable point last season.  Twelve episodes have been ordered.

Also getting a renewal from Showtime is Masters of Sex.  Similar to Ray DonovanMasters of Sex lost its solid lead in (Homeland) this season.  Six episodes into its second season, Masters of Sex is averaging 810,000 viewers and 0.3 A18-49.  Masters of Sex is down 20% among total viewers and 25% in the A18-49 demo compared to the first six episodes last season.  Twelve episodes have been ordered.

Two Series Renewed, One Cancelled

Earlier today, ABC Family cancelled one series while renewing another, and HBO renewed a freshmen drama.

SwitchedAtBirthIntertitleSwitched at Birth, which is currently in its third season, has been renewed for a fourth.  Through nine episodes this summer (11 aired during the regular season) Switched at Birth has averaged 1.42 million viewers.  Once its third season is finished airing, this coming Monday, 71 episodes will have aired.  No word yet on how many episodes have been announced for the fourth season.

In addition to renewing Switched at Birth, ABC Family has cancelled Twisted.  The series aired for one season, consisting of 19 episodes.  During its sole season, Twisted averaged 1.31 million viewers.  That number may look solid, but the show lost viewers as the season progressed.  It began with 1.61 million viewers (for its official premiere, not special preview) and finished with a mere 770,000 viewers.  The season finale figure is one of the lowest, if not the lowest, for a drama on ABC Family in recent memory.

No word yet on the fate of The FostersMystery Girls, or Young & Hungry.  Freshmen drama Chasing Life was given an additional ten episode order before its premiere, and Pretty Little Liars was renewed for two seasons in June.

The-LeftoversFinally, HBO has announced the renewal of The Leftovers.  Reviews have been fairly mixed since its debut, but the ratings are quite good.  In its first seven episodes, The Leftovers is amassing a solid 1.57 million viewers per episode.  Like the renewal for Switched at Birth above, no episode order for season two of The Leftovers has yet been announced.