Evicted by Fox last week, The Mindy Project has officially found a new home. After a week of negotiations, Hulu has ordered a fourth season of Mindy Kaling's comedy, with 26 episodes in all.
The streaming service, which also has an option to order additional seasons of the show, said the Season 4 premiere date will be announced later.
Hulu began talks with Universal Television on May 6 about acquiring The Mindy Project, shortly after Fox passed on airing a fourth season of Kaling's show. It was a natural fit for the streaming service, which has been taking some big swings to compete with Netflix and Amazon, and already has exclusive SVOD (subscription video on demand) rights to the show.
"Mindy has been a beloved member of the Hulu family, so this deal is a natural extension of our relationship," said Craig Erwich, svp and head of content, Hulu. "With so many of her fans already catching up and tuning in to the series on Hulu, we know her millions of fans will be eager to find out what Mindy has in store for the next chapter."
Despite its low ratings—this season, it averaged only a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.3 million total viewers—The Mindy Project still drew interest from several outlets after Fox passed because of its upscale young women audience and creator/star Kaling's willingness to embrace product integration and keep her fans engaged via social media.
"I am thrilled The Mindy Project has found a new home on Hulu where so many of our fans are already watching the show," said Kaling. "It's such an exciting place to be."