'Once Upon a Time,' 'Standing,' 'Happy' get back nine

ABC handed out full-season orders for a pair of its rookie series, “Once Upon a Time” and “Last Man Standing,” while ordering five more scripts for another new hour, “Pan Am.”

In addition, returning series “Happy Endings” was given a full-season order. The series got off to a strong start last season mid-year, and has performed solidly between “Modern Family” and “Revenge” on Wednesday nights.

“Standing” has proven to be a solid anchor for the Tuesday lineup, where it’s proven to be a time-period improvement at 8 p.m. After starting strong out of the gate, the Tim Allen comedy has settled to a solid 12.5 million total viewers over four airings, and a 3.5 rating among viewers 18-49.

“Once” has been equally impressive after just two outings on Sunday nights, drawing 12.3 million and a 4.0 in 18-49–making it the No. 1 new drama of the season in the demo.

“Happy” hit a series high last week, averaging 7.9 million and a 3.5 in 18-49 over six airings.

Reserving “Pan” to a script order reflects the so-so ratings performance the series has registered on Sundays, where it has averaged 7.9 million and a 2.6 in 18-49. While the series took a sizable dip after a respectable premiere, its numbers have held steady in recent weeks, which has given ABC some degree of confidence.

Rick Kissell contributed to this story.

Want Entertainment News First? Sign up for Variety Alerts and Newsletters!
Post A Comment 0