NBC has announced full season pick-ups for “The Event,” “Outsourced,” “Law and Order: LA,” and a potential announcement regarding “Chuck” is imminent. Most rookie shows start off with a 13 episode order, and are increased with a back nine pickup, like these three.
“The Event” started off the season with 11.1 million viewers and a strong 3.6 demo rating; in its most recent outing it scored a 2.2 rating and just 6.5 million viewers. A full season pickup is good, but these numbers don’t scream the second coming of “Lost” like NBC had hoped.
“Outsourced” has been steady for NBC, though also started out much stronger. It recently scored a 2.5 rating and 5.2 million viewers, though started off the season with a 3.6 and 7.5 million viewers. It has the plus of being the leadout of “The Office,” NBC’s number 1 scripted show.
“Law and Order: LA” also started out very strong, with a 3.1 rating and 10 million viewers. In just a few outings, its dropped steeply to a 1.9 rating and 7.2 million viewers.
According to multiple outlets, “Chuck” is very close to having a full-season order.
When renewed by NBC in May of this year, the show was renewed for a 13-episode fourth season,. However, after maintaining consistent ratings–around 5.3 million viewers and a 1.9 rating–throughout the season, NBC is on the verge of filling out the order with a back 9.
“Chuck” has remained constant, despite wild drops in ratings from the rest of the Monday night shows, “Chase” and “The Event.” And since the show is in its fourth season, there’s less of a concern of big year-to-year declines, inherent in freshman shows.