Fox Orders Full Seasons of The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate

In what universe does a show that scored a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just over 3 million viewers in its second episode get a full-season pickup? The wacky, crazy universe that we call this one, apparently! Fox is apparently putting numbers aside, as it has ordered full seasons of its new comedies Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project, just two episodes into both of their infancies.

The Mindy Project gets a full back-nine order, bringing its Season 1 episode count to the standard 22 episodes. But Ben and Kate will be a little shorter, with just six more episodes added to its count.

The new shows have been boosted by Fox's live-action Tuesday comedy block, where they're paired with Raising Hope and New Girl. Last season, New Girl was the beneficiary of a quick full-season pickup after two episodes, but it filled out the stat sheet nicely as an instant megahit to the tune of a 4.4 rating in the adult demo and 9.26 million viewers. The same can't be said about Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project, which tallied 3.32 million viewers with a 1.6 rating and 3.68 million viewers with a 1.9 rating, respectively, in their second episodes. Do ratings even matter anymore? In case you're wondering, last week's New Girl, the third episode of the show's second season, drew 4.99 million viewers and a 2.8 rating.

With few series waiting in the wings as possible replacements, it looks like Fox is going to ride this one out instead of taking drastic measures. The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate join NBC's Revolution, Go On, and The New Normal as the only new series picked up for full seasons so far.


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I can understand Mindy, it has potential. But I've tried with Ben and Kate and the adorable kid aside, it's terrible. Ben is just a bad character. No thank you.
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Are you sure Mob Doctor will be cancelled soon? According to the Hollywood Reporter, they've just added Goodfellas alum Mike Starr for a recurring role.
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Well, the Mindy Project is the only one of these "full season" pickup shows that I watch. The second episode was pretty good, while the pilot was dull. Watched 3 episodes of Revolution, but couldn't put any effort into tuning in last night, so guess I've quit. Nice to see that Fox is actually giving some shows a chance despite the ratings. And I still love Mob Doctor, IMO, one of the best new dramas this season. It comes on Sundays in Canada and I opted to watch it and see Revenge , which airs at the same time on another channel, late in the week "on demand". I like it better than Revenge.
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What a strange mis-match. You have Raising Hope, one of the sweetest, best-written comedies, full of nuance and heart. It does not fit with the other shows, which are high on cute, and short on laughs. It's like scheduling Community and Whitney together - to tone doesn't match. New Girl and The Mindy Project prove that if you cast a "cute" female lead who isn't threatening to women, you don't NEED good writing.

Raising Hope belongs on ABC with Modern Family and Happy Endings.
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Yay for Mindy! It's my favourite comedy so far of the season!
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Yay for Tie Breakers!
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Both shows are funny enough that these deserve at least the back 9.

Do not forget, this is fox we are are talking about, the same guys that kept fringe on the air for 5 seasons! A decision I will forever be thankful for and the fact that they apparently don't care about ratings makes them even more likeable.
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This is the same Fox that killed Undeclared after only one season, and ran Firefly episodes out of order (and didn't even air them all.)
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As much as I hate them for the Firefly fiasco, five seasons of Fringe balances that out.
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Fox's treatment of Firefly and the 10 years of ongoing anger at them is probably what gave Fringe it's lifespan. Firefly took the proverbial bullet for Fringe and all the great but small similar shows that will follow.
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Mindy's show was the surprise hit of the season in my house. I'm all for more.



So far my deadpool is batting a thousand. I had Go On as my "which gets picked up first" but since two others were renewed at the same time, it may not be much of a tiebreaker. Maybe they can flip a coin, or have us eat pies really fast.
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If ratings mean nothing anymore, then I'm glad! The world is better for it! And so is my deadpool!
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Whoops, there goes my deadpool! Seriously? This two got picked up? I must be living in a parallel universe or something. So that means, that the shows I like will be cancelled soon enough. Great. >.<
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I watch both, but I like Mindy better.
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Neither are on my Dead Pool list, so hooray for me. I have The Mindy Project as my first renewal tie-breaker, so that's okay. If the "first pickup" applies to episode order (like the "first cancellations"), then I have a chance with that.

I haven't liked either show so far, but I do think they both have potential. But that's easy to say considering they're both pretty bleh so far. Ben and Kate has better potential for me though.
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well.. there goes one of my picks for cancellation!!! Ben & Kate should've been cancelled!!! that show is just awful boring!
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had the new normal and go on on my dead pool, whoops. the mindy project sucks, but ben and kate has potential.
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I was sure the awful The Mindy Project would be the first sit-com to die this season. Guess it won't now. Fox must be desperate for viewers to keep this disaster of a show on the air.
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I once got a fortune in a fortune cookie that said "Borrow money from a pessimist, they don't expect it back."



...hey Tim, can I borrow $20?



Anyway, Mindy was my tiebreaker, which I guess doesn't hurt me.
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I had Mindy in my deadpool list. It was mostly out of hope that Fox would do the right thing and can such a dumb show. But it was all for not. If they picked up New Girl, which in my opinion is better than Mindy (and my opinion of New Girl is very well known) they were going to pick up this. So oh well, here is hoping they come up with something good next year.



Ben and Kate isn't bad. It isn't good. It just is.
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I prefer to think of it as innocuous.
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d'oh I had ben and kate AND new normal in the dead pool. i'm awful at this.
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Fox has zero sense of choosing the right shows , and a bad habit of cancelling its next season .. its like your drunk friend who sleep with everybody , and walk the walk of shame in the next morning [ roll the clip family guy ]

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Usually Fox is the one with the bad habit of pulling the trigger on good shows, while CW is the one that lets bad shows go on forever.
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The Mindy Project is terrible so far but I'm willing to keep watching, if only because I'm curious if they'll pull it together. I thought episode 2 was unwatchable and gave up 2/3 of the way through. I get the humor they're going for but it feels like an amateur rush job.
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I really enjoy Ben & Kate and loved the pilot of The Mindy Project but the second went a little downhill. Still enjoy it a lot and am glad both were picked up for full seasons.
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I'm still dodging the bullet with bad choices. These weren't on my list either. I'm shocked.



Ben and Kate isn't my favourite show, it's a little plain. But I do appreciate that it has kind of a British, understated and minimalistic feel to it.

After the first episode of The Mindy Project I though it was really confusing. I didn't understand the humour at all. I had to watch the second episode to understand its point of view. The humour is a little special. One has to stay awake to notice all the jokes. It's also not one of my favourite shows, but I can fully understand that someone else likes it. It's a show that you either get or you don't.
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Glad about the Mindy Project. The first episode was alright, but the second episode was better. So, I'm glad we'll be seeing more. I chose this as my tie breaker.
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Yay Mindy Project was my pick for first renewed. Technically it wasn't but I still get points if its the 3rd or 4th right?
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Mindy Project is good, it should be picked up, but Ben and Kate? It's ok, but nothing special, especially when compared to Raising Hope and New Girl. Bad decision IMO.
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I couldn't make it through the first ep of the Mindy Project without falling asleep (I watch at bed time). But I really liked the second episode. Whereas Ben & Kate I thought was just awful after 1 episode. Won't watch again.
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Mindy Project was on my Deadpool...thank God I swapped it out for Partners!
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Oh GDI. Those were both on my deadpool list. :(
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Well, it's not Whitney full-season pickup bad, but it's still pretty bad.
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FOX not being trigger happy is so weird. But I guess they need to save some of their new shows since The Mob Doctor is definitely getting cancelled. I know its wishful thinking, but if they are fine with those ratings, can we hope for a miraculous season 6 for Fringe!
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Let's put Etta in a locked room with the FOX executives. Season 6 would be guaranteed!
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Maybe she can even get Firefly a second season.
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Not that I care, neither are in my deadpool, but it seems a bit premature for ben and kate, since it hasn't been pulling very good ratings, I don't expect to see Ben and Kate next fall.
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I think FOX kept these shows because they cant afford to pull them from the lineup( no replacements in sight ) so they gamble on them pulling some of there weight now with no chance of a season 2 and concentrating on building better shows for next year
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They'd just whip up some kind of singing competion show to fill the gap(s) in their schedule...
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Phew! Thank goodness that I took them out of my deadpool list!

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I originally had Ben and Kate in my Dead Pool and took it out because I realized Fox renews almost anything! The Mindy Project is my tiebreaker;)



Can we get some cancellation news already? Come on networks, don't they know there is a Dead Pool going?
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If the "Fox renews anything" were true, there would be more Firefly in existence to enjoy.

sigh...
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I didn't consider the fact that fox renews anything... I had Ben and Kate on my deadpool, along with the Neighbors, Guys with Kids, The Mob Doctor and Animal Practice... hopefully the other 4 won't disappoint (The Mob Doctor hasn't, so there's one almost sure)
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That's bonkers. Both of these shows were, at one time, on my Dead Pool list. Not because of their quality, but because A) the Fox promo department was really not making them look like the network understood them (or if they did, that the shows were poor); and B) THEY'RE NEW SHOWS ON FOX!!! Fox has been the king of cancelling freshman shows since their first year on the air, the network takes more chances and then kills those chances dead the second they don't perform. Only now they're going the opposite way. Glad I swapped these out before the deadline.
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Well, they WERE about 15 years too early with "Werewolf". But they stuck with "The Simpsons".
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still a 0 in my deadpool , hope they start canceling shows soon
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I like both shows. Ben and Kate is pretty funny and it has likeable characters that people will watch. Mindy Project is more cute funny but paired with New girl is pretty smart. I am glad they are giving them time to find an audience
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I didn't manage to get through the second episode of The Mindy Project. I just... Don't like her as a person. I saw her on Craig Ferguson not too long ago, and I liked her just as little there.

Ben & Kate was alright though, it has potential to be a decent show.
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*sigh* My Deadpool is really taking a hit so far....
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you have my sympathies. I'm lucky that I changed my mind last minute.
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If that's the case NBC should pick up Guys with Kids. They have been 3 episodes in, retained a 1.6 in the 18-49 demo, and have 4 million viewers lol besides I'd rather watch it than...The Neighbors *shudders*
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