According to Variety, ABC has ordered 7 more episodes of the sophomore comedy Samantha Who?. While nine would have been typical to make a full season, Variety cited:
[ABC's] deep midseason bench - half-hours set to bow include "Scrubs," "The Goode Family," "Better Off Ted," "Single with Parents" and "According to Jim," which returns to the sked Tuesday, Dec. 2 - in shortening "Samantha's" full-season order.
That comes as no surprise to the watchers of our Renew / Cancel Index where Samantha is in the range for 2009-10 renewal, so a full season pick-up this year seemed to be assured.
Although in its most recent airing last Monday, Samantha Who? only beat a *rerun* of Gary Unmarried by a whisker in the 18-49 demo, ABC has plenty of other problems on its hands with the 2008-9 sophomore class to worry about something that minor. That same deep midseason bench will likely allow ABC to cancel its bad performers like Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone.