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
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.
“‘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.
“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.