ABC Picks Up Revenge and Suburgatory For Full Seasons

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 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?

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