"Private," "Big Bang" earn full-season orders

Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:46am EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)- Two freshman series, ABC's drama "Private Practice" and CBS' comedy "The Big Bang Theory," received full-season pickups Thursday.

ABC and CBS ordered nine additional episodes of each series, bringing the total for "Practice" and "Big Bang" to 22 episodes.

Additionally, CBS ordered nine additional episodes of the military drama "The Unit," which returned for a third season this fall with a 13-episode pickup.

"Private Practice," a spinoff of ABC's hit medical drama "Grey's Anatomy," chronicles Dr. Addison Montgomery's (Kate Walsh) new life in Los Angeles. It has averaged 13.4 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/13 share among adults 18-49, ranking as the top program on Wednesday night in the coveted demographic for the past four weeks.

Meanwhile, "The Big Bang Theory" has been a solid new addition to CBS' Monday night comedy block. The sitcom, starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco, has averaged 9 million viewers and a 3.6/9 in adults 18-49 in its Monday 8:30 p.m. slot. It has built onto its "How I Met Your Mother" lead-in by 9% in adults 18-49 and 10% in viewers.

"The Unit" has averaged 11.4 million viewers and a 3.1/8 in 18-49 in the tough 9 p.m. Tuesday slot.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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