ABC Orders Full Seasons of The Neighbors and Scandal

By Tim Surette

Oct 30, 2012

You made fun of it. We made fun of it. Old Man McClintock down the street made fun of it. But it lives on. ABC's The Neighbors, which came out of the gate as an almost universally panned new sitcom, has earned a full-season order. As has second-year drama Scandal.

Both shows will add nine episodes to their original 13-episode orders for a total of 22 episodes each. That means an additional four-and-a-half hours of Marty Weaver snickering at the name Dick Butkus. In its most recent airing last Wednesday, The Neighbors drew just under 7 million viewers and grabbed a 2.0 rating in the adult demo. Scandal posted similar numbers, matching the 2.0 but coming in slightly lower in total audience.

As much as I'm supposed to pile on with everyone else and shake my head over the pickup of The Neighbors, I can't. Yes, the pilot was truly an abomination and subsequent episodes have been some riff on "the aliens go somewhere normal and have a hard time," but she show is unapologetic in its dorkiness and has really embraced it. It's not great, but it's definitely not as bad as other stuff on TV.

Are you sticking with The Neighbors? Have you been watching Scandal? How does this news affect you?

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  • wiggle47 Nov 06, 2012

    I'm in love with scandal, en I like neighbours.

    I'm happy both getting xtra season.

  • Shreela Oct 31, 2012

    Like you said, it's not as bad as other garbage out there. Hopefully the actors and writers will settle into things and tone down some of the over-acting/overdone scenes.

    Scandal was ok as filler, but the latest episode hooked me back into looking forward to what's going to happen.

  • MonicaLeigh493 Oct 31, 2012

    Well my dead pool is uh... Dead.

  • BethEretto Oct 31, 2012

    I like this show but SHOCKED it got renewed I totally thought it would have gotten cancelled early :)

  • smithinjapan Oct 31, 2012

    Well, I'm definitely not even going to rank in the dead pool this time around. I guess next time I should just pick the shows I think will be good to go out first, and choose the worst shows to be re-contracted. Unbelievable.

  • TrueTvWatcher Oct 31, 2012

    The Neighbors has consistently improved with each episode and I like it. It is funny at times and some what reminds me of 3rd Rock from the Sun.

  • smithinjapan Oct 31, 2012

    I have absolutely no doubt they have basically taken the premise of 3rd Rock and simply changed it slightly to fit the present show. It certainly is not original (not that much is these days).

  • tv_worm Oct 31, 2012

    I am going to give a standing ovation to whoever wins the deadpool this year. First ben and kate and now this, stupid networks! *shakes fists menacingly*

  • omegakai Oct 31, 2012

    another -2 hit to my dead pool if partner a stays that it for me

  • Montana_Katana Oct 31, 2012

    These Neighbors are ruining my Dead Pool *shakes angry fist*

  • sibowittz Oct 31, 2012

    Yay! Scandal! Haven't seen The Neighbors at all...never really even heard about it. Might check it out...

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