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.

  • POIFanatic

    highest rated freshman drama for ABC*

  • Bill Gorman

    “I really hope Last Resort goes up to a 1.6+, then it may just have a chance for additional script order.”

    Any small additional episode order for a dead show is almost certainly due to scheduling logistics alone, and not any uptick in the ratings.

  • CrimTV


    Scandal and Nashville didn’t get renewals!

  • Ultima

    This season the TV Gods refuse to cancel anything! When’s the last time that happened!

    That an arbitrary number of shows did or did not get canceled? I have no idea…

    Every show is getting to air all their ordered episodes

    By this time last year, four shows had received an abrupt stop to production and been pulled off the schedule. So far this year, that’s happened to two shows and a third (Next Caller) had the plug pulled before even making it on the schedule.

    Your excitement seems like it is based on poor memory rather than this season being significnatly different than others.

    Furthermore, numerous shows are obviously being canceled by way of not receiving a full season pickup (e.g. The Mob Doctor, Last Resort, 666 Park Ave, Emily Owens).

    The TV gods are not being merciful and their embodiment (the Cancellation Bear) will be well fed.

    I really hope Last Resort goes up to a 1.6+, then it may just have a chance for additional script order.

    Last Resort is dead.

    ABC already orded scripts for 666 Park Ave and Last Resort a month ago and now they’re giving a full season pickup to Nashville.

    I think Last Resort is unlikely to get any additional episodes order because there are few constraits to launching a new show on Thursday (as opposed to Sunday, where ABC is very unlikely to premiere a new show until March).

  • omabin

    I tried getting into this shows but it is just not for me. Most of the characters are not likable and there is nothing going on, so i was bored very quickly. Anyway, it was a given that this was going to happen. I loved 666 and LR so it’s a shame that they have to go, but well, we knew it was coming. Now ABC should at least wisen up and put this show behind Grey’s and Scandal behind Revenge and move the tuesday comedies to wednesday at 10… They should do some smart scheduling for once!

  • tscchope

    3 shows have already been cancelled. Others are not expected to make it to a second season, like The Mob Doctor.

    New scripts ordered is not the same as ordering new episodes.

    So Nashville wins its timeslot. So have other shows and it’s not saved them from caqncellation.

  • danny94

    Great News for Nashville I just hope that it levels of at a 2.0 because it really cant afford to drop any furhter.

  • Josh

    Great news hopefully it gets renewed for a 2nd season.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I think the writing is on the walls for 666 Park Ave. :(

  • zapbob

    Great….Now I can start watching all the Nashville shows I have saved on the DVR. I still have all the 666PAs and Last Resorts that will have to wait.

  • Mary

    Are people really reporting that a full season pickup is a renewal for next year? It seems that people would be smart enough to know the difference.

  • Dan

    POIFanatic – Actually Made in Jersey will finish up its episode order on Saturdays and Animal Practice has 2 episodes left in the can which NBC may schedule as a Friday 8pm burnoff. Though NBC had Whitney as a replacement and CBS had Undercover Boss, most other networks would rather not use replacements until January.

    After years of Thursday 8pm failures like My Generation, Charlie’s Angels, and Missing, I think ABC is hesitating to ax Last Resort only because they’d rather continue with a still Low rated show that is consistent every week than just replace is now. 666 Park Avenue could easily burn through its order through early January. My guess is by next monday, Last Man Standing and Malibu Country will get full seasons, Last Resort will get 3 more episodes and 666 Park Avenue will be cancelled. 666 will be replaced by Red Widow and Last Resort may be replaced by Zero Hour.

  • Dave Franco

    “As for LR and 666PA, they haven’t had a chance for quite some time. They’re dead.”

    You’ve been wrong before, bill. Keep it up!

  • Patrick Gillease

    @ Dan…“After years of Thursday 8pm failures like My Generation, Charlie’s Angels, and Missing, I think ABC is hesitating to ax Last Resort only because they’d rather continue with a still Low rated show that is consistent every week than just replace is now.”

    I agree. Furthermore, what ABC needs to finally realize is that dramas fail for them on Thursdays at 8pm. PERIOD !! It can be a good, promising show, like “Last Resort” or “Flash Forward”, or an utter piece of crap, like “Charlie’s Angels.” Makes no difference. As such, ABC needs to completely change strategy. Since they are over-burdened with comedies, how about taking a page from the Thursday night NBC heydey and schedule comedies on Thursday nights from 8-10, canceling “Scandal”, moving “Grey’s” to 10pm, and – dare I say this – “Modern Family” to 9pm. Then build new sitcoms around it, with possibly “The Middle” starting off the night at 8pm.

    This idea would require a gutsy move by ABC scheduling chief Paul Lee, so it won’t happen because he has no spine. But, this is what should be done!! Then, ABC could rebuild Wednesdays with their over-abundance of comedies that have no place to be scheduled. Ditch the TGIF revival idea, and stick with cheap reality crap.

    Barring Lee having the guts to do this, then at least try “Last Man Standing” on Thursdays at 9 with “Reba” to follow and pre-existing comedies from 8-9. Thursday nights are still the most lucrative for advertisers, so these moves could put ABC on top! I and many viewers would love to have a “Must See” Thursday night of comedies and drama again. “Build it and they will come!!” ;)

  • Mi

    A comedy vs. CBS’ strongest comedies and vs. AI? Sounds like a bad idea to me. If ABC decide not to air dramas at Thursdays at 8PM anymore, then airing comedies is not the answer, but instead – they should air cheap reality.

  • Don


  • Loren

    Don’t watch Nashville since it bored me and American Horror Story Asylum is much more intriguing.

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