New dramas’ hot streak this fall continues with another full-season order, this time to ABC’s Forever. The network has picked up nine additional episodes of the supernatural crime procedural for a 22-episode freshman season. Forever joins fellow ABC newbies How To Get Away With Murder and Black-ish with its full-season order. New ABC comedy Selfie and Manhattan Love Story have been cancelled.
As a whole, 10 of the 11 new broadcast dramas that premiered at the beginning of the season have received full-season orders, ABC’s HTGAWM and Forever, CBS’ Scorpion, Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans and Stalker, Fox’s Gotham, NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura and the CW’s The Flash and Jane the Virgin. Only Fox’s Red Band Society is still in limbo. (NBC’s Constantine had a late October debut.) Meanwhile, comedies have been struggling, with Black-ish as the only freshman to get a full-season order. NBC’s Marry Me received a partial order for five more episodes, while four new half-hours already have been axed, with more cancellations, including Fox’s Mulaney and CBS’ The McCarthys, likely.
Forever got off to an OK start, posting a rare Week 2 ratings increase. It’s Live+same day ratings have been so-so lately, most recently logging a 1.1 in adults 18-49, but the drama has been a big DVR gainer. In the most recent Live+7 report, Forever had the biggest percent gain among all ABC series, +82%.
Created/exec produced by Matt Miller, Forever stars Ioan Gruffudd as an immortal medical examiner. Judd Hirsch, Alana De La Garza, Lorraine Toussaint, Donnie Keshawarz and Joel David Moore co-star. Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz executive produce for Warner Bros. Television.