NBC is extending the run of freshman comedy Marry Me.
The network has handed a 5 episode back order to the romantic comedy series, which hails from Happy Endings creator David Caspe & stars Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a newly engaged couple, TVWise has learned. With the partial pick up, the network has now ordered a total of 18 episodes of Marry Me.
While not a huge ratings hit for NBC, Marry Me is nevertheless their highest rated freshman comedy. It debuted on October 14th 7.5 million viewers and a 2.3 A18-49 rating, and while ratings have fallen off slightly it is still pulling in ok audience numbers, with the most recent episode averaging 4.5 million viewers and a 1.3 A18-49 rating.
This marks the first partial back order that any of the networks have handed out this season. For NBC, it comes after they gave a full season order to their best performing new series The Mysteries of Laura and cancelled underperforming comedies Bad Judge and A To Z.
Even with the partial order and the recent cancellations at NBC, the network will not be hurting for originals heading into the rest of the season. They have numerous series awaiting a slot on the schedule including the David Duchovny fronted drama Aquarius, as well as comedy series One Big Happy and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.