'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.