ABC has handed out its second full-season order to a freshman show this season, drama Nashville, starring Connie Britton. The soap, created by Callie Khouri, was one of the best reviewed new shows this fall. It was a late starter, held back two weeks because of presidential debate coverage. Nashville has been soft in the ratings but had an 11% ratings uptick last week to a 2.0 in adults 18-49 rating. The show went through growing pains, including a showrunner change, with Dee Johnson replacing Jim Parriott.
Nashville joins freshman ABC comedy The Neighbors, which also has received a full-season pickup. Also recently getting a full-season pickup was sophomore Scandal, which started off with a 13-episode second-season order. Waiting word are new dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Ave. Both shows are on the fence (ABC doesn’t own either of them but does own Nashville), with Last Resort looking a little more likely to get some sort of a back order. New ABC comedy Malibu Country and sophomore Last Man Standing, which premiered two weeks ago, just received orders for 3 scripts each.
With help from DVR viewing, Nashville is No. 1 in its Wednesday 10 PM time period among Adults 18-49 (3.2/9), beating CBS’ veteran CSI (3.1/9) and NBC’s freshman Chicago Fire (2.4/7), as well as adults 18-34. Overall for the season, Nashville ranks among the Top 3 new TV series in Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34. Nashville is produced by Lionsgate TV, ABC Studios and Gaylord Entertainment, with Dee Johnson, R.J. Cutler, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan executive producing.