Last month, ABC seemed a little hesitant about The Neighbors, the sitcom about a close little community of E.T.s with names borrowed, for some reason, from various sports stars. But now, they're sure.
Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Simon Templeman as Larry Bird in The Neighbors.
Never mind that critics think it's not only dumb but poorly executed: The Neighbors has solid enough numbers that ABC wants it in the dugout for the rest of the year.
The Neighbors received a back-nine order from ABC, giving it a full season for 2012-13. The sitcom has been improving its audience numbers over the last few weeks, garnering around a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers overall, but it's getting strong numbers with kids and teens as well, hinting at why ABC is interested in keeping it around.
ABC has not been in a hurry to sort out the tail end of the current season. The pickup, along with one for Scandal, are ABC's first full season orders for the fall season, and the fates of certain shows--particularly 666 Park Avenue--are looking dire.
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