The order brings the Universal Television comedy’s total for season three to 21 episodes.
“Mindy Project,” toplined by creator/exec producer Mindy Kaling, has struggled to deliver much in the way of ratings for Fox, but the show nonetheless has traction in pop culture and with young women. Fox noted that its viewership lift from delayed viewing over the 30-day time frame grows 99%.
With ratings averaging about 3.1 million per episode this season and a 1.6 rating/5 share in adults 18-49, it would not have been a surprise to see the ax fall. The quirky comedy about a single ob-gyn was initially championed by Kevin Reilly, the former Fox entertainment chairman who left the network in June.
But with Fox deep in rebuilding mode, execs likely figured that the network could not afford to lose a show that has a solid, if small, following and increasing traction with critics.