Fox is showing a sign of confidence in new fall comedies The Grinder and Grandfather by ordering six additional scripts for both series. At present, The Grinder and Grandfathered have only received the standard 13 episode orders.
A network ordering additional scripts, particularly this early in the fall season, is far from unusual, though this case is particularly note-worthy as both of these series have been struggling to make much of a dent in the ratings, despite the perceived star power of series leads Rob Lowe and John Stamos.
The Grinder debuted last month to an OK 5 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, while in its most recent episode sunk to 2.5 million viewers and a 0.9 rating. Grandfathered, which opens the Tuesday night comedy block, has fared a little better, opening to 5.3 million viewers/0.5 and drawing 3.2 million viewers/1.0 in its most recent episode. That said, both shows have been decent DVR gainers and have boosted Fox’s year-ago Tuesday night average audience quite considerably (70%+).
The Grinder tells the story of beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (Rob Lowe), who is known professionally as The Grinder. When his long-running hit series comes to an end, he finds himself at a crossroads in life and decides to move back to his small hometown thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm. Mary Elizabeth Ellis, William Devane, Hana Hayes and Fred Savage also star. Rob Lowe also serves as an executive producer.
From The Office scribe Danny Chun, Grandfathered sees John Stamos playing a version of himself: a longtime bachelor whose life is upended after he learns he’s a father and grandfather. The comedy is produced by ABC Studios and stars John Stamos, Josh Peck, Paget Brewster, Christina Milian, Kelly Jenrette and Ravi Patel. Danny Chun and The Neighbors and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman executive produce.