ABC’s promising new drama Quantico is the second freshman series this fall to receive back episodic order. ABC has picked up six more episodes of the terrorism thriller starring Priyanka Chopra. (UPDATE: That number has subsequently been upped to 7.) The network considers that a full-season order as it is looking to accommodate a slew of drama series for midseason. However, there is an ongoing conversation, and the pickup may be increased from the current 19 episodes to get closer to the standard full-season 22 episodes.
Season to date, Quantico ranks as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast entertainment program in Adults 18-49, improving the 10 o’clock hour for ABC by 46%. The drama is a big gainer in TV playback, with its premiere jumping by 5.0 million viewers and 79% in Adults 18-49 from Live + Same Day to Live + 7 to draw an average of 12.2 million viewers and a 3.4 rating in Adults 18-49. Quantico was dinged a bit in the Live+same day ratings this past Sunday as its Blood & Oil lead-in plummeted.
Quantico joins NBC’s Blindspot, which on Friday received a Back 9 order. Also fully expected to get back episodic orders are new CBS drama Limitless and Fox’s Rosewood.
Quantico, from ABC Studios, stars Chopra as Alex Parrish, Josh Hopkins as Liam O’Connor, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Tate Ellington as Simon Asher, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah Amin and Anabelle Acosta as Nathalie Vasquez. Executive producers of the show are Joshua Safran, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Jake Coburn and Robert Sertner.