ABC Family has ordered a third season of Switched At Birth and has given back-order pickups to freshmen The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Twisted. Charles Pratt Jr. has come in as new showrunner on Twisted, which also is expected to change its writing staff. The orders are said to be in line with ABC’s traditional full-season pickups (20 episodes) and back orders (10 episodes). All three shows will return with new episodes in January 2014. “ABC Family has always been a home for groundbreaking storytelling with iconic characters and families and we’re thrilled to have The Fosters and Twisted join our line-up as breakout summer hits,” said ABC Family president Michael Riley. The drama renewals join ABC Family’s comedy pickups of a fourth season of Melissa and Joey and third season of Baby Daddy. They also come on the heels of ABC Family officially cancelling Bunheads and The Lying Game over the past few weeks.
Summer to date, ABC Family is cable TV’s No.1 network in primetime in Women 18-34 and No.2 in Females 12-34. The Fosters starring Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (1.2 million in 12-34, 1.1 million in females 12-34) and Twisted (1.2 million in 12-34, 1.1 million in Females 12-34) are cable’s top 2 new cable series in people 12-34 and females 12-34. Summer to date, Switched at Birth has averaged 2.4 million total viewers, 1.3 million in 12-34 and 1.1 million in Females 12-34. The Fosters‘ original 10-episode summer run ends Aug. 5; Twisted‘s 12-episode summer cycle wraps on Aug. 27; Switched At Birth‘s finale is on Aug. 19.