Fox has picked up Mindy Kaling
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Fox has picked up Mindy Kaling's "The Mindy Project" for nine additional episodes.

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Fox ordered full seasons of freshman series "The Mindy Project" and "Ben & Kate"

The network ordered nine additional episodes of "Mindy" and six of "Ben"

Season to date, Fox says "Mindy" is the No. 1 new comedy with adults 18-34

Fox: The two new shows have smart writing and contemporary comedy

(EW.com) —  

Fox displayed its first sign of confidence in some of its freshman shows today by ordering more episodes of “The Mindy Project” and “Ben & Kate.”

The network ordered nine additional half-hours of “Mindy” and six more of “Ben.” Those are considered full-season orders for both Tuesday comedies.

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“‘Ben and Kate’ and ‘The Mindy Project’ have everything we want to stand for in comedy … smart writing, hugely appealing casts and comedy that feels contemporary and real … which is why we’re confident they will continue to build on what is already an appointment comedy night for young, influential audiences on Tuesdays,” said Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly in a statement.

Season to date, Fox says “Mindy” is the No. 1 new comedy among adults 18-34. (The premiere episode earned a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers; that went down to a 1.9 and 3.68 million). It stars Mindy Kaling as an OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life.

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“Kate” follows a pair of odd-couple siblings. The premiere episode earned a 2.1 rating in 18-49 and 4.2 million. It went down to 1.6 and 3.2 million the following week.

See the full story at EW.com.