‘Whoopi,’ ‘Family’ play back-nine

Peacock okays Tuesday night skeins

NBC has given full-season orders to frosh laffers “Whoopi” and “Happy Family” and has ordered five more scripts of frosh dramedy “Miss Match.”

Both sitcoms have posted solid Nielsen numbers on Tuesday nights, despite tough competish and the Peacock’s failure to bring auds to the 8 p.m. Tuesday hour in recent years. With the back-nine orders, 22 episodes of each skein will be produced.

Peacock entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker told Daily Variety the two laffers “have given us real stability in a time period that’s been difficult for us for many years. One of our goals this season was to get a little stability, and these shows are cornerstones and building blocks for the future.”

As for “Miss Match,” the five-script order makes a back-nine order much more likely for the 20th Century Fox TV skein. “Coupling” and “Lyon’s Den,” however, aren’t looking good for renewal, though there’s talk the net could order more scripts of the latter. Zucker declined comment on both shows.

“Whoopi,” which stars Whoopi Goldberg, is from Carsey-Werner-Mandabach and NBC Studios. John Larroquette and Christine Baranski star in “Happy Family,” which is produced by NBC Studios.

Season-to-date, “Whoopi” is averaging a 3.3/10 in adults 18-49, up 22% vs. the timeslot average a year ago. “Happy Family,” with a 3.4/9, is up 10% vs. 2002 Nielsen numbers.

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