CW president Mark Pedowitz announced the pickups Tuesday at the Television Critics’ Assn. press tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“Whose Line” is hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler with cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, plus special guest comedians in each episode.
“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” is a one-hour, live studio audience competition in which each episode features aspiring magicians to perform their best trick to fool the legendary duo.
Airing back-to-back on Mondays, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway” have been CW’s top-rated series of summer. The former, which is averaging a 0.55 rating in 18-49 and about two million viewers overall in same-night Nielsen estimates, last night drew its largest audience ever (2.35 million) — the network’s best performance in the Monday-at-8 hour since “One Tree Hill” in the fall of 2009. “Whose Line” is averaging a 0.45 in 18-49 and about 1.4 million viewers overall.
Rick Kissell contributed to this report.