ABC got down to business today, making its first two decisions of the fall season. Say hello to full seasons of lathery drama Revenge and fish-out-of-the-ocean-and-into-a-small-pond comedy Suburgatory! Expect both series to run a full 22 episodes.
Revenge and Suburgatory both passed the ratings test last night with ample performances. Sandwiched between The Middle and Modern Family, Suburgatory drew 8.75 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in the adult demo, just a tick down from last week. In the television world, losing just a tiny bit is considered a victory and anything in the neighborhood of a 3.0 for a new show is great. Revenge did the unthinkable and grew to a 2.7 rating from last week's 2.4. I bet ABC execs couldn't wait to push the "pickup" button when they saw that number.
Just a quick note about Suburgatory: It's surprisingly good. Do check it out. As for Revenge, our own Lily Sparks is definitely on board for the ride. Sounds like a soapy good time! Overall, the TV.com staff gives ABC a respectful golf clap for these decisions.
Happy Endings was also under observation last night. The show was renewed for a 13-episode second season last year after a stunted debut. It's a critical favorite that's been performing well, so ABC has ordered six more scripts. That's a good sign that there might be a happy ending in store for Happy Endings. Gee, I bet no one's ever used that line before.
Keep a close eye on Charlie's Angels tonight, because the suits at ABC sure will be. Last week's episode dropped to a 1.2 rating, and if the show's numbers fall again, I'll expect it to be canceled tomorrow.
Question! Which show are you more excited about, Revenge or Suburgatory?