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ABC Orders More ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ Episodes, ‘Mayor’ Scripts

ABC has ordered three additional episodes of “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” and three additional scripts for fellow comedy “The Mayor.”

The moves constitute a measured vote of confidence in the two freshman shows — an additional commitment beyond the each one’s initial 13-episode order, but short of the full-season 22-episode pickup.

Through six episodes, neither show has been a ratings breakout, with “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” averaging a 0.8 rating and 3.3 million viewers according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers, and “The Mayor” averaging a 0.9 and 3.1 million.

In her review of “The Mayor” for Variety, Sonia Saraiya wrote, “On one hand, ‘The Mayor’ is a heated little send-up of the American attitude towards politics, which seems to treasure participatory democracy and civic pride up until the moment where it involves leaving the house. On the other, it is a dig at Courtney’s generation of attention-seeking millennials, who will do anything if it can be said to promote their #brand. And yet the show treats both its candidate and its voters with a lot of love. And the pace is so reassuringly snappy — the supporting characters, so clearly in sync — that newcomer ‘The Mayor,’ like its fictional mayor, walks into its place on the schedule with self-assured swagger.”

Of “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” Saraiya wrote, “But if you can stomach the feel-goodery of connecting to people through embrace, Kevin’s crash course in appreciating the wonders of shared humanity is a little sweet and a little funny — and best of all, original, which is more than can be said for a lot of other debuting dramas.”

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