The show, from Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios, has been surprisingly resilient on the slow Friday night. For the past two weeks, it has held at a 1.3 Live+Same Day rating among adults 18-49, holding on to 100% of its Last Man Standing lead-in. The newbie has delivered the strongest lead-in retention ever for a comedy out of Last Man Standing on the night; it is improving the 8:30 PM slot by 25% year-to-year to rank as ABC’s top-rated comedy in the time period in three years and it’s more than doubling its freshman comedy competition on NBC. On average, Dr. Ken is drawing 6.6 million viewers and a 1.5 among adults 18-49 in most current ratings.
Dr. Ken joins freshman dramas Blindspot (NBC) and Quantico (ABC) in receiving a full-season order (Quantico‘s back order was for 6, not 9 episodes.) Additionally, ABC recently gave a Back 9 order to sophomore comedy Fresh Off The Boat, which had a 13-episode renewal because it had launched in midseason.
Dr. Ken stars Jeong as a doctor with an irreverent bedside manner at an HMO clinic. Suzy Nakamura, Tisha Campbell Martin, Jonathan Slavin, Kate Simses, Albert Tsai, Krista Marie and Dave Foley co-star. Executive producers are Jeong, Mike Sikowitz and John Davis & John Fox of Davis Entertainment. Mike O’Connell is co-executive producer.