More ‘Invasion’ at ABC

Alphabet orders full season

ABC is going forward with its primetime “Invasion.”

Net has ordered a full season of the spooky Warner Bros. TV skein, greenlighting another nine episodes. Alphabet now has given 22-episode orders to two of its three frosh dramas; there’s no word yet on Thursday’s “Night Stalker.”

“Invasion,” from creator Shaun Cassidy, has been turning in solid if not spectacular numbers in its 10 p.m. Wednesday timeslot opposite “CSI: NY” and “Law & Order.”

It’s in a tight three-way demo battle with its drama competish, this week finishing within a sneeze of CBS’ top-rated “CSI: NY.” And compared to the Alphabet’s perf in the timeslot last season, “Invasion” — averaging a 5.2 rating/13 share in the demo — is a clear-cut winner, improving on its predecessors by nearly 40% in adults 18-49.

On the downside, “Invasion” is losing about half of its huge lead-in from the megahit “Lost.” Such dropoffs for shows slotted behind monster hits aren’t uncommon, however.

In October 2002, a week before CBS ordered the back nine for “Without a Trace,” skein retained just 46% of its “CSI” lead-in and attracted less than half the young adult aud of timeslot rival “ER.” Three years later, “Trace” is beating “ER” in the demos and retaining far more of its lead-in.

Separately, NBC is giving some encouragement to Jerry Bruckheimer and the producers of “E-Ring” by ordering three extra scripts of the Wednesday drama.

Peacock also has decided to trim its commitment to midseason drama “Book of Daniel,” ordering eight episodes (including the pilot) vs. the previously announced 13. Net has a huge slate of midseason skeins and has been cutting some orders in recent weeks in order to make room (and pay for) more series and pilots.

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