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.”