Fox has given a back-nine order to sophomore drama Lucifer, bringing its episode count to a full-season 22. Lucifer started its second season with a 13-episode pickup as it had debuted in midseason. It is the second midseason 2016 series to get a full-season order this fall, joining NBC comedy Superstore.
“Lucifer continues to deliver, with great blasts of dark humor and ambitious storytelling,” said Fox entertainment president David Madden. “The show has turned out to be a true wicked pleasure, the perfect companion to Gotham, and we couldn’t be more pleased to order these nine additional episodes.”
Lucifer has been consistent, with its ratings on par and sometime even edging Monday companion Gotham. For Week 4, the most recent with Live+7 data available, Lucifer drew a 7-day Total Multi-Platform Average audience of 7.2 million total viewers, nearly double (+95%) its Live+Same Day delivery (3.7 million). The show’s L+7 adults 18-49 rating, 1.9, was up 90% vs. Live+Same Day (1.0). Lucifer again out-delivered its lead-in, Gotham (1.8 in L7), and posted the highest Live+7 percentage lift on Monday night.
In total viewers, Lucifer is averaging 8 million multi-platform viewers season to date, posting a 105% jump vs. Live+Same Day. The series is airing a Halloween-themed episode tonight, one of five originals in a row.
Of Fox’s new fall series, Lethal Weapon has received a partial back order for an 18-episode first season. The network still is mulling potential additional episode orders for ratings-challanged rookies Pitch and The Exorcist.
Based on the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, from DC Entertainment, Lucifer tells the story of Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the bored and unhappy Lord of Hell who abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) to take down criminals. Kevin Alejandro, DB Woodside, Tricia Helfer, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris, Aimee Garcia and Scarlett Estevez co-star.
Lucifer is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity. Tom Kapinos wrote and executive-produced the pilot and serves as executive consultant on the series, which is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed and showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson. Len Wiseman serves as director and executive producer.
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