Despite its soft ratings performance so far this season, a new Fox series has received a vote of confidence from the network. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that Fox ordered four additional scripts for the freshman drama “Red Band Society.”
“The move keeps the production’s momentum under way should the network want to fully commit to more episodes,” the report notes. “In renewal/cancellation terms, such a decision typically means the network hasn’t made up its mind yet on a show’s fate (previously, Fox ordered six more episodes of new Monday night drama ‘Gotham’).”
“Red Band Society” has been less than stellar in overnight ratings, most recently settling for a 1.0 average in the key 18-49 demo with 3.2 million total viewers. But the report notes that the series is picking up about an extre 70% to 80% when DVR viewing is added in — fairly high percentages.
“Inventory plays a role too — Fox would need a stronger performer for the slot before deciding to shed it,” the report adds.