FOX had the TV season’s first cancellation in “Lone Star,” and now it’s handed out the first full-season pickup for a new series.
“Raising Hope” got its back-nine order Wednesday (Oct. 6), a day after its third episode aired (to the show’s smallest audience yet). The comedy about an underprepared father (Lucas Neff) and the family helping him raise the infant daughter he had with his now-executed serial-killer one-night stand is the first new show of 2010-11 to earn a full season.
“With ‘Raising Hope,’ [creator] Greg Garcia captures a smart take on the working-class family with a great mix of wild comedy and a big dose of heart,” FOX Entertainment president Kevin Reilly says. “The show is running like a Swiss clock, and we’re very happy with how well audiences have responded so far.”
So far “Raising Hope” is averaging a little under 7 million viewers per week and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, which puts it in the middle of the pack among the fall’s new shows. (The first round of live-plus-7 ratings, due out next week, will push those numbers up somewhat.) FOX also notes that it’s the No. 1 new comedy series among teenagers and women under 35 and the No. 2 new comedy among adults 18-34.
Beyond parsed demographics, though, the pickup likely means that “Raising Hope” has shown enough life for FOX to bet on its improvement after the new year. Reilly says as much in announcing the pickup: “We’re confident it will build an even bigger audience throughout the season.”
As currently configured, FOX’s midseason schedule will have “Raising Hope” airing at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, leading into the “American Idol” results show. It could easily slide into the post-“Idol” spot on Tuesdays if “Running Wilde” doesn’t make it into 2011.
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