ABC’s Friday night comedy block isn’t going anywhere.
The network has handed out a back nine/full season order to freshman comedy Cristela, which is paired with the Tim Allen fronted Last Man Standing on Friday nights. With the pick up, the show’s first season will consist of twenty-two episodes.
Cristela follows the eponymous character who, in her sixth year of law school, is finally on the brink of landing her first big internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. The comedy is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Cristela Alonzo, Terri Hoyos, Carlos Ponce and Andrew Leeds.
ABC has had a hard time finding a time-slot companion for Last Man Standing on Friday nights over the years, with previous attempts having included the short-lived Malibu Country and The Neighbors. So far Cristela has been doing reasonably well, with the most recent episode averaging 5.2 million viewers and a 1.0 A18-49 rating, retaining roughly 75% of its lead in audience from Last Man Standing.
Cristela is the latest of ABC’s new series to earn a full season pick up. The network previously granted a full season order to Shonda Rhimes’ new hit series How To Get Away With Murder and the Anthony Anderson fronted comedy Black-ish, which subsequently had its order increased once again to 24 episodes.