After a strong start to the show’s second season, ABC has handed out a back-nine/full-season order to hit comedy Fresh Off The Boat, TVWise has confirmed.
Initially, the network only ordered 13 episodes for season two when they renewed the comedy series last May, matching the size of the order for the show’s first season. The short order for season one was down to the fact that it launched mid-season and as such when ABC moved Fresh Off The Boat to the fall it was expected to swing a back-nine order.
Part of ABC’s Tuesday night comedy-block, Fresh Off The Boat kicked off it’s second season on September 22nd with 6 million viewers and a 1.9 demo rating. Across the first three episodes, the series has been averaging 5.2 million viewers and a 1.8 A18-49 rating, up from the season one average audience of 5.8 million viewers/1.7 demo rating.
Fresh Off The Boat is the third series to score a full-season order this Fall. Earlier today, ABC also picked up a “full season” (consisting of a total of 19 episodes) of FBI thriller Quantico, while last week NBC handed out a traditional back-nine full-season pick up to Blindspot. Other series expected to swing back orders, partial or otherwise, over the next few weeks include Limitless, Rosewood and The Muppets.
Created by Nahnatchka Kahn, Fresh Off The Boat is set in the 90s and follows hip-hop-loving Eddie, who is growing up in suburban Orlando, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother who often is bewildered by white culture. The comedy series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Hudson Yang, Constance Wu, Randall Park, Forrest Wheeler, Chelsey Crisp and Ian Chen.