ABC has voiced its approval for its comedy “Speechless,” picking up the show for a third season in 2018-19.
The show is the first one of the network’s sizable crop of in-limbo series (16 scripted shows in all) to earn a renewal for next season. It joins fellow Wednesday comedies “The Goldbergs” and “Modern Family” (which are both in the middle of two-season orders), the “Roseanne” revival and dramas “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Good Doctor” in the 2018-19 lineup.
“Speechless” averaged a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.36 million viewers for initial airings this season. A week of delayed viewing bumped it up to 1.6 and 5.51 million. Those numbers put it in the middle of ABC’s comedy pack.
The series stars Minnie Driver and John Ross Bowie as Maya and Jimmy DiMeo, the parents of a special-needs teenager (Micah Fowler), who in Season 2 finished high school, and two other kids (Mason Cook, Kyla Kenedy). Cedric Yarbrough also stars as JJ’s (Fowler) aide.