ABC's 'Super Fun Night,' 'Back in the Game' Earn Additional Script Orders

Lesley Goldberg
The Hollywood Reporter

ABC is showing a small vote of confidence in Wednesday comedies Super Fun Night and Back in the Game.

The pair of rookies have received orders for two additional scripts each, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Redeveloped from CBS' year ago take, the ABC/Warner Bros. Television comedy starring Rebel Wilson opened with its second episode -- following a wave of lackluster reviews for the pilot. Airing in the prime post-Modern Family slot, Super Fun Night averaged a 3.2 in the demo, besting the network's strongest premiere retention from a Modern Family lead-in (an even 4.2 adults) in four years. Since its Oct. 2 bow, SFN has fallen about 30 percent among adults under 50.

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Semi-autobiographical baseball family comedy Back in the Game, from brothers Mark and Robb Cullen and 20th Century Fox TV, launched as the new lead-in to Emmy darling Modern Family, earning a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. It marked ABC's lowest fall comedy launch since 2009. In subsequent weeks, the series has continued to shed viewers in the metric, most recently pulling a 1.7 in the demo. When factoring in DVR playback, the series is gaining fewer viewers than any of the network's other new comedies.

Super Fun Night and Back in the Game join fellow freshman comedies Trophy Wife and The Goldbergs as having received additional script orders at the network. The latter two, part of ABC's new Tuesday night lineup, have been picked up for three additional scripts. None of ABC's comedy fare have received full-season orders, while drama Agents of SHIELD is its lone drama to earn the back-nine. The network canceled first-year drama Lucky 7 after only two episodes.

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