Fox is extending their stay in Gotham.
The network, now under the stewardship of Dana Walden and Gary Newman, has ordered six additional episodes of the Batman prequel starring Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue. The show’s first season, which had previously received a 16 episode pick up last May, will now consist of 22 episodes, TVWise has learned.
From The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, Gotham examines the early years of James Gordon – who would eventually rise to become the Police Commissioner – in his years as a Gotham City Police Department homicide detective, as well as the early years of Batman and the iconic villains of Gotham City. The Warner Bros. Television produced series stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue , Sean Pertwee , Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova.
“Gotham debuted as one of the most buzzed-about shows of the fall, and with good reason. Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have created an incredibly rich world, with characters that draw you in and a cast that brings to life these heroes and villains in a way we’ve never seen before,” said Walden and Newman. “We are so excited to see where Bruno, Danny and the entire Gotham team take this story over the course of this season, and so thankful to all the fans who have embraced it this fall.”
Since the series premiered last month, Gotham has become a much needed instant hit for Fox. It is currently tied as Monday night’s No. 1 drama among Adults 18-49 and is this season’s No. 1 broadcast drama overall among Men 18-49. Per recently released L7 numbers, the series premiere drew a total audience of 14.1 million viewers and a 6.0 A18-49 demo rating – making it Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years.
With the back order for six episodes, Gotham becomes only the third season from the 2014-2015 season to earn a full season order. It comes after ABC last week handed full season orders to the Anthony Anderson fronted comedy Black-ish and legal drama How To Get Away With Murder, which stars Viola Davis and hails from Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.