FOX has given a full-season order to one of its two new Tuesday comedies — just not the one with better ratings.

The network has ordered a full season of “The Grinder,” starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. The show has modest ratings — its same-day adults 18-49 average is just 1.08 through four episodes — but it has bettered the 8:30 p.m. timeslot vs. last year (which, by now, had disposed of the tire fire that was “Utopia” and was marking time with animation repeats).

“‘The Grinder’ is the perfect combination of razor-sharp wit and relatable family dynamics — two hallmarks of successful comedies,” FOX Entertainment president David Madden says in a statement.

“The Grinder” gets a full-season nod ahead of its lead-in, “Grandfathered,” which has drawn slightly better ratings thus far (1.18 same-day average). “Grandfathered” may have to wait until the legal status of star John Stamos, who is due to go to court in late November on a DUI charge.


Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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