ABC's 'Nashville' Gets Full Season Order

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November 12th, 2012

ABC has given a full season (presumably  bringing it to 22 episode) order to freshman drama Nashville.  As usual, you should ignore reports that this is a renewal -- it isn't, but it's still good news for fans of the show.

Earlier in the afternoon ABC ordered more scripts for Friday comedies Malibu Country and Last Man Standing.

here's the release for 'Nashville':


 Pick-Up Joins Previously Announced Full Season Orders for

“The Neighbors” and “Scandal”


ABC has picked up a full season of new drama “Nashville,” it was announced today. “Nashville” joins previously announced full season orders for new comedy “The Neighbors” and returning drama series “Scandal.” “Nashville” airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

On average during Wednesday’s 10:00 o’clock hour, ABC rookie “Nashville” is No. 1 in its time period among Adults 18-49 (3.2/9), beating CBS’ veteran “C.S.I.” by 3% (3.1/9) and NBC’s freshman “Chicago Fire” by 33% (2.4/7). The new ABC drama also leads the hour with Adults 18-34 and across all key Women demographics (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). Overall for the season, “Nashville” ranks among the Top 3 new TV series in Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34, while qualifying as the No. 2 freshman program with Women 18-49. “Nashville” attracts an advertiser-coveted upscale audience, pulling in 30% higher ratings among Adults 18-49 in homes with $100k+ annual income (index of 130) to make it the top indexing new drama on broadcast TV this season, and the No. 2 highest-rated freshman show overall.

“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Robert Ray Wisdom as Coleman Carlisle and Powers Boothe as Lamar Wyatt.

Dee Johnson, R.J. Cutler, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan are executive producers of “Nashville.” The pilot was written by Callie Khouri and directed by R.J. Cutler. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Gaylord Entertainment.

  • Bill Gorman

    “still won’t be surprised to see either get an episode or three extra as schedule spackle, though full 22 episode seasons for either would be a pretty big surprise.”

    And neither would I, as I’ve written many times, but the question at hand was about a full season order.

  • Ultima

    Good show, I hope it stops falling.

    i doubt it’ll get a second season if the ratings don’t stabilise in a positive way though.

    2.8, 2.0, 2.0, 1.8*, 2.0 (*Halloween night)

    What ratings are you guys looking at? o.O

  • James

    Will Malibu Country get a full season?

  • Bobby

    Poor ABC. All their freshman dramas are not doing so well. Nashville has had the highest numbers out all of them, but Nashville is still not doing well ratings-wise. Though the ratings have stabilized somewhat. Such a shame….I love 666 and LR and I can’t stand Nashville. And which one is doing the best? :(

  • Dan

    Not a surprise its performing well for ABC 10 Wednesday I expected this. Everyone should know that just because because Nashville and Scandal got renewals doesn’t mean both won’t still be axed in May

  • Preston

    It is a shame, Bobby – It’s a shame Nashville isn’t doing better. How a quality soap opera themed around country music is not a huge success I don’t know.

  • Ram510

    @ Bill

    To my understanding Mistresses was supposed originally be a summer show but later planned for sometime mid season

  • JD

    It’s one of the best written shows on network TV and I’m loving it. Seems like 2.0 is where it’s levelled off at, save for that Halloween episode. I’d love to see it on after Revenge (or even better, after Greys) though Suburgatory will probably keep a better ratings average as a lead in.

  • KS

    I fear once again Bill or Robert would call me crazy. But I can’t resist myself from posting this.

    I think by the end of this season, even the big networks will also hesitate to cancel shows getting above 2.0.

  • Martel

    I think Nashville should go to Sundays and replace 666 Park Avenue. It’s too much magic and mystery for one night and people are not tuning in. Then you can put Zero Hour on Wednesdays in the 10 spot. I only say to put Zero Hour there because Scott Michael Foster (Cappie, Greek) is known with the 18-34 crowd and can help with the demo rating. Red Widow will have a good chance on Tuesdays with the DWTS lead in and with DWTS having an older viewing age, they would recognize Rhada Mitchell and Clifton Collins Jr.

  • diane

    With ABC giving a subpar drama like Nashville a full season , it’s safe to assume that CBS’ CSI crime drama will remain in the top spot. Nashville was good for a 90 minute movie of the week but not a series.

  • Dóchas

    My cable show favs do great but my Network favs just suck in ratings. I just can’t get into any comedies after the Friends/Frasier/Seinfeld years. Everything after that just seems mediocre to me though I tried, yet they are the highest rated Big 4 shows. The highest rated drama’s I can’t get into but the poor little shows that can’t, I root for. Nashville was not one of them. Last Resort was but the writing is so OTT I quit. Braugher/Speedman, I hope to see you on a cable show next season!

  • Nick

    It had a solid pilot, but the second episode wasn’t even about anything. I stopped watching it. Of course, my standards are very high. I watch a ton of TV but have little time to watch. Nashville is an OK show. I (very much) would have liked to see Last Resort with a full season instead. Oh well. I’ll just have to accept that it’s impossible.

    ABC midseason 2013 schedule:

    8: The Bachelor (Jan-Mar)/ DWTS (Mar-May)
    9: Mistresses (May)
    10: Castle

    8: Wipeout/DWTS
    9: The Neighbors (Jan-Mar)/ Wife Swap (Apr-May)
    9:30: The Family Tools (Jan-Mar)
    10: Body of Proof

    8: The Middle
    8:30: How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
    9: Modern Family
    9:30: Suburgatory
    10: Nashville

    8: Last Resort (Jan)/ Primetime What Would You Do? (Feb-May)
    9: Grey’s Anatomy
    10: Scandal

    8: Last Man Standing
    8:30: Malibu Country
    9: Shark Tank (Jan-Mar)/ Primetime Nightline (Mar-May)
    10: 20/20

    8: Wipeout (R)
    9: Happy Endings
    9:30: Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23
    10: Castle (R)

    8: OUAT
    9: Revenge
    10: Red Widow (Jan-Mar)/ Zero Hour (Mar-May)

  • aw

    woo hoo!!! hot new show

  • Chandler

    Awesome!!!! I am not a country music fan, but i love the show nashville and happy that it got a full season. Now all thats left is 666 park ave and Last Resort. I think that they will give a full season to Last Resort because its doing sort of good, well better than 666 park ave and they will not give a full season to 666 park ave.

  • Brad

    Last Resort is in no way doing “sort of good”.

  • Blake

    Low 1s unacceptable? Sure. But give broadcast TV 2-3 seasons and low 1s in Live+SD will soon indicate a major hit and get you a speedy renewal. Didn’t ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ (which also aired Wednesdays at 10 on ABC a few seasons ago) get canceled with practically the same ratings as ‘Nashville’? But that was back when being around 2.0 was considered unacceptable. They’re all headed down, down, down…

  • Bill Gorman

    “I fear once again Bill or Robert would call me crazy. But I can’t resist myself from posting this.

    I think by the end of this season, even the big networks will also hesitate to cancel shows getting above 2.0.”

    Not crazy, just clueless.

    CBS renewed 3 scripted shows last season that averaged less than a 2.0 in the spring (Good Wife, Blue Bloods, CSINY).

    ABC renewed Body of Proof which averaged just a 1.6 in the spring. That *was* a big surprise though.

    Fox renewed Raising Hope, The Cleveland Show and of course, Fringe, all averaged below a 2 in the spring.

    NBC renewed eight shows that averaged less than 2 in the spring Grimm, Whitney, Community, 30 Rock, Parenthood, Up All Night, Parks & Rec, Law & Order SVU.

    This season, most of NBC’s scripted renewals are likely to average less than a 2.0, many of Fox’s, any CBS Friday renewals will be below a 2.0, as would any Sunday renewals, and H50 will likely average below a 2.0. ABC should have some shows renewed below a 2.0 as well.

    This season the only show that’s likely to be canceled with a Fall average above a 2.0 is Partners (but it could fall below), no other broadcast shows with a Fall ratings average above a 2.0 are in any danger.

    What was your point again?

  • nightmare

    Don’t really care about it never watched it and ABC is just throwing money away as usual .

  • POIFanatic

    This season the TV Gods refuse to cancel anything! When’s the last time that happened! Every show is getting to air all their ordered episodes and finish up or getting additional script orders (everything except Made in Jersey and Animal Practice. Thank God for small favors!) Of course most shows at 10pm are rarely doing above a 2.5 and Nashville is the highest rated freshman drama. So, this makes a little sense.

    Nashville should move behind Grey’s since its a better fit or this show will not make it to the next season.

    I really hope Last Resort goes up to a 1.6+, then it may just have a chance for additional script order. 666 is dead either way. NBC had two winners on their hands (LR and NV) and squandered it with bad scheduling.

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