Fox has given frosh skein “Glee” the first full-season pickup of the new fall season.
The “back nine” pickup, which was expected (Daily Variety, Sept. 21), comes as “Glee” has shown signs of becoming a consistently strong performer for Fox. The show averaged a solid 3.5 rating/9 share among adults 18-49 in week one and dipped just 9% in its second airing.
Fox Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly, who announced the pickup Monday — the first day of the new TV season — called “Glee” a “gem of a show.”
“I’ve seen all 13 episodes, and Ryan Murphy, his team and the talented ‘Glee’ cast have knocked our socks off with their incredible work,” Reilly said.
According to Fox, the net’s marketing campaign for “Glee” — in which the show’s premiere episode first bowed in May behind “American Idol” — managed to get the show sampled by more than 25 million people.
Murphy said he was gratified to earn the prize for first show picked up, “and that this underdog series, like its characters, will get the chance to keep singing.”
Murphy co-created “Glee” with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto exec produce for 20th Century Fox TV and Ryan Murphy TV.
“Glee” stars Matthew Morrison as a teacher who revives a glee club full of misfits — to the chagrin of rival Jane Lynch. Cast also includes Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley and Mark Salling.
Meanwhile, in other TV scheduling news, FX announced a premiere date for comedy “The League.” Show, about buddies in a fantasy football league, will air Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. — behind “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” — starting Oct. 29.
Also, as previously noted, animated entry “Archer,” which received a sneak preview last week behind “Sunny,” will bow in January. And the Louis C.K. laffer “Louie” is on tap for some time in the first quarter of 2010.