ABC handed out 15 renewals on Thursday, picking up dramas Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time, and Quantico, comedies Modern Family, The Goldbergs, black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, and alternative fare America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, and Shark Tank.
Though ABC is typically known for waiting to announce renewals until May, the early pickups come on the heels of Channing Dungey taking over as network chief from Paul Lee.
“We’re very proud of our strong roster of performers, and we’re excited about what they will bring us creatively next season,” said Dungey.
Dungey, previously the network’s vice president of drama development, helped develop such ABC hits as as Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Quantico, and Once Upon A Time.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that Shonda Rhimes’ entire TGIT block got renewed; Grey’s for season 13, Scandal for season 6 and How to Get Away With Murder for season 3. With TGIT, ABC has basically taken up the mantle of must-see TV, though the question remains whether Rhimes’ newest series The Catch, which debuts March 24 after HTGAWM ends its sophomore season, will also strike gold.
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New drama Quantico, starring Priyanka Chopra as an FBI agent initially suspected of carrying out a terrorist attempt, has been a breakout for the network this season, with an impressive showing when factoring in Live +7 numbers — the winter finale jumped 100 percent.
For Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the news comes ahead of their midseason return on Tuesday, picking up in the aftermath of the lethal fall finale, which drew 3.85 million and a 1.3 in the demo.
Modern Family continues to be a solid performer for the network in the ratings. On Wednesday, the Emmy-winning comedy drew 8.18 million and a 2.6 in the demo, while The Goldbergs held its own with 7.4 million and 2.0 in the demo. Sophomore comedy Fresh Off the Boat, meanwhile, has struggled in the ratings in its second season following The Muppets, but is critically acclaimed. Its latest outing drew 4.59 million viewers and 1.2 in the demo. The Middle and black-ish, which have been off for two weeks, last drew 7.3 million (1.9), and 6.18 million (1.9)
Dancing With the Stars, which returns for its 22nd season on March 21, will return for its 23rd season in the fall. America’s Funniest Home Videos will be back for season 27, The Bachelor for season 21, and Shark Tank for season 8.
Ultimately, that leads the fate of several other shows on the bubble in the air, including American Crime Story, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Castle, Dr. Ken, Galavant, Last Man Standing, The Muppets, and Nashville. Freshman series Wicked City and Blood and Oil both had their episode orders trimmed and are likely DOA.