On the heels of Gotham setting a record for Live+7 lift in adults 18-49, the Batman prequel by Fox. Gotham already had a larger-than-normal 16-episode original order, so it has now been picked up for six more episodes to bring its total to a full-season 22. (Standard order sizes are 13 for initial order and nine for back order.) Gotham joins another breakout freshman drama, ABC’s How To Get Away with Murder, and fellow ABC newbie, comedy Black-ish, which were awarded full-season pickups last week. No decision yet on Fox’s other new fall series, Red Band Society and Mulaney, which have struggled, though Red Band tied Gotham for the biggest Premiere Week percentage gain (82%).
Gotham, a Batman universe origin story, is tied as Monday night’s No. 1 drama among adults 18-49, and its debut jumped to a 6.0 rating in the demo in Live+7, only a tenth behind HTGAWM as the second-highest-rated drama telecast during Premiere Week. It was Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years.
Gotham, from writer/executive producer Bruno Heller, director/executive producer Danny Cannon and Warner Bros. TV, stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett Smith. “Gotham debuted as one of the most buzzed-about shows of the fall, and with good reason,” said Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have created an incredibly rich world, with characters that draw you in and a cast that brings to life these heroes and villains in a way we’ve never seen before.”