Fox has given the order for more episodes to two of its freshman comedies. The Mindy Project has received a back nine pickup, meaning it will stick around for a complete 22-episode season, and Ben and Kate will get an additional six episodes.
“Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project have everything we want to stand for in comedy,” Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said in a statement. “Smart writing, hugely appealing casts and comedy that feels contemporary and real—which is why we’re confident they will continue to build on what is already an appointment comedy night for young, influential audiences on Tuesdays.”
While neither series has set any ratings records thus far, they both were a hit with critics and saw growth in their second weeks when taking DVR data into account.
Fox recently unveiled its new Tuesday comedy block that starts with Raising Hope at 8 p.m., followed by Ben and Kate at 8:30 p.m., New Girl at 9 p.m., and concluding with The Mindy Project at 9:30 p.m. EST.