ABC is giving freshman entries The Golbergs and Trophy Wife a vote of confidence. The network has ordered three additional scripts for both comedy series, TVWise has confirmed.
The script orders come only 4 episodes into the series’ 13 episode runs. Both The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife have struggled in the ratings, with The Goldbergs most recent episode drawing a series low rating of 5.1 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 demo rating; while the most recent episode of Trophy Wife averaged 4.1 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 demo rating.
With the order The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife are the latest freshman series to receive an order for additional scripts. Other new series earning such orders include Fox’s Dads, NBC’s The Night Shift, and The CW’s The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign. The script pick ups, which don’t guarantee a back order beyond both series’ initial 13 episode orders, come as networks are being more cautious about ordering additional episodes. So far the only series to have received pick ups are Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, which has been renewed for a 13 episode second season; and NBC’s The Blacklist and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which have both received traditional back nine orders; while the likes of ABC’s Lucky 7, CBS’ We Are Men & Fox’s Murder Police and Us & Them have already been cancelled.