ABC appears to be pretty happy with its comedy lineup, with the network bumping up its orders for six shows.
Variety reports that ABC ordered two additional episodes each of “black-ish” and “The Goldbergs,” taking both shows to total episode orders of 24 for the season, along with one additional episode apiece for “The Middle,” “American Housewife,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless,” bringing those four shows to 23 episodes each.
“It’s an unsurprising move, given that ABC’s comedy blocks are relatively stable islands in a sea of ratings erosion at the network,” Variety reports. “Freshman dramas ‘Notorious’ and ‘Conviction’ were non-starters, with ‘Notorious’ averaging a 0.9 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and finishing its first-season run with a ghastly 0.5 in the demo. ‘How to Get Away With Murder,’ once a rare bright spot in the 10 p.m. hour, has seen its ratings for the night drop by a third.”