Fox orders up more ‘Bones’

Net gives frosh drama another year

Fox is digging up a second season of “Bones.”

Network has greenlit a full 22 episodes of the forensics drama for next fall. Skein has had a promising frosh season, holding up nicely in its Wednesday 8 o’clock slot. It has defeated its regular competition in the key 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

Series initially aired Tuesdays at 8 against “NCIS” (also a forensics crime drama) but later moved to Wednesdays, where it got a big boost airing alongside “American Idol.” Move made “Bones” the second Fox drama after “House” to take advantage of the talent contest’s mammoth ratings.

Compared with last season, “Bones” has boosted the timeslot for Fox by 56% in 18-49 (excluding “Idol” numbers). Series premiere was, at the time, the highest-rated primetime Tuesday night drama since the 2001 debut of Fox’s “24.”

Fox has already renewed “House,” “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill” and “Family Guy” for next season.

Twentieth Century Fox TV-produced “Bones” stars Emily Deschanel as a forensic anthropologist who works with an FBI agent (David Boreanaz) to investigate murders. Barry Josephson and Hart Hanson exec produce.