A fourth comedy has joined “Will & Grace,” “The Good Place” and “Superstore” in NBC’s lineup for next season: “AP Bio” will get a second season in 2018-19.
The network made the pickup late Tuesday. The renewal comes despite modest ratings for the show, which debuted in late January. NBC also gave it a showcase following the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, which gave the show a decent one-time ratings bump.
“AP Bio” averaged a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.65 million viewers for initial airings. After seven days of delayed viewing, it improved to 1.2 and about 3.7 million viewers.
Outside of the three comedies previously renewed, however, “AP Bio” might have been the best bet to earn another season. Its same-day ratings are identical to those of “Great News,” but the latter show had a stronger lead-in in “Will & Grace” and the benefit of airing earlier in the season when TV usage is higher.
Created by “Saturday Night Live” alum Mike O’Brien, “AP Bio” stars Glenn Howerton as a former Harvard philosophy professor who loses his job and winds up teaching biology at an Ohio high school. Patton Oswalt plays the school’s principal.
The show joins these series that have been renewed for 2018-19 and beyond. NBC will present its full schedule for next season on Monday.