ABC is extending the run of The Muppets. The network has ordered three additional episodes of the half-hour comedy series, bringing the total order for its first season to some 16 episodes.
The Muppets is a contemporary, documentary-style show that, for the first time ever, explores the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio are producing with Prady, Kushell, Randall Einhorn and Bill Barretta executive producing.
The Muppets started out strong with 9 million viewers and a 3.5 demo rating and while ratings have slipped somewhat in recent weeks (the most recent episode managed 4.3 million/1.4 rating), the half-hour comedy still ranks as one of ABC’s highest rated Tuesday night series.
According to the network, who are calling this a “full season” order, The Muppets was always intended for a limited run rather than a full twenty-two episode season, with Fresh Off The Boat, which recently swung a back-nine order, set to assume the 8pm Tuesday night slot midseason and new comedy The Real O’Neals taking the 8:30pm time-slot.
The Muppets is the latest comedy series to earn a back order this week after CBS ordered a full season of Life In Pieces and Fox handed out traditional back-nine pick ups to the Rob Lowe comedy The Grinder and John Stamos’ Grandfathered. Other series to have earned full seasons so far this fall include Blindspot at NBC, Quantico and comedy Dr. Ken at ABC, Rosewood at Fox and Limitless at CBS.