Fox has trimmed the order for new comedy series Mulaney by three episodes, from 16 to 13. The network made the call after two airings, as the series just wrapped filming Episode 13 and was about to go into production on Episode 14.
The multi-camera Mulaney had an unusual 16-episode order as Fox originally picked up 6 episodes last October and then ordered additional 10 in May when the net opted not not to pick up any of its comedy pilots to series. While no 2014 Fox comedy pilots went to series, the network has four straight-to-series half-hour shows for this season, Mulaney as well as live-action Last Man on Earth and Weird Loners and animated Bordertown.
Mulaney garnered mixed reviews and got off to a slow star in the ratings, opening to a 1.0 among adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day. The comedy posted a rare Week 2 growth, inching up by 10% to a 1.1 rating despite its lead-in slipping from a 1.9 for an original Family Guy to a 1.7 for a repeat last week. While the 1.1 rating is still on the low side, that is higher than another Fox series, returning The Mindy Project (1.0), logged the last two weeks. It has a 15-episode third season order.
If Mulaney had opened big, Fox would’ve likely accommodated a larger order. Faced with a limited inventory for midseason with three more comedies in the can, Fox opted to stick with the amount of Mulaney episodes it needs. The series will continue to air in its regular Sunday 9:30 PM slot.