Ken Jeong’s ‘Dr. Ken’ Gets Full-Season Order By ABC

We have the first new comedy series of the 2015-2016 broadcast season to receive a full-season pickup. ABC has given a Back 9 order to Dr. Ken starring Ken Jeong.

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.

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