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
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.