NBC Orders More Scripts for Comedy Series -- Despite Low Viewer Numbers THR
NBC has ordered additional scripts for a sitcom that hasn't exactly hit a ratings home run this season. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that the order for four more scripts for "Sean Saves the World" shows the network continues to have hopes for the Sean Hayes vehicle.
The multicamera comedy is drawing an average of 4 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic, when counting live-plus-seven DVR viewing, the report notes.
The Thursday night series "received little traction early this season from its previous lead-in, the since-canceled 'Welcome to the Family,'" the story reports. "The comedy, about a openly gay single father learning to take care of his teenage daughter, posted a modest uptick last week, airing after a 'Saturday Night Live' special (1.2 in the demo)."
Nevertheless, the show has been cited on a number of critics' "likely to be canceled" lists, such as New York Magazine's Joe Adalian.
"The order for additional scripts comes as NBC looks to firm up its Thursday roster heading into the new year, when 'Community' will join the schedule and 'Parks and Recreation' will become 'Sean's' new lead-in at 8:30 p.m.," THR notes. "For Hayes, the news comes as he continues to oversee a full roster of NBC fare. His Hazy Mills banner with college pal Todd Milliner produces Friday drama 'Grimm' and the upcoming second season of unscripted entry 'Hollywood Game Night.'"
As we reported recently, Hayes blamed his show's low ratings on NBC, saying that the network "just doesn't have the eyeballs CBS does."