ABC Gives Vote of Confidence to ‘Revenge,’ ‘Suburgatory’

Also orders six new ‘Happy Endings’ scripts

ABC is liking what it sees on Wednesday night, picking up the back nine on the new drama series Revenge and rookie sitcom Suburgatory.

Hanging tough at 10 p.m. opposite grizzled procedurals CSI (CBS) and Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Revenge has earned itself a full 22-episode run. The stylish thriller is tops among ABC’s three new drama series, averaging a 2.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.

According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, Revenge last night drew 7.9 million viewers and notched a 2.7 rating in the demo, edging CSI by one-tenth of a point.

While no decision has been made as to the fate of Pan Am and Charlie’s Angels, the latter newcomer is treading water Thursday nights at 8 p.m. After premiering to 8.76 million viewers and a 2.1 rating on Sept. 21, Angels dropped to 5.93 million viewers and a 1.2.

If Angels’ demo drops another 15 percent, ABC could cancel it later today. Meanwhile, Pan Am’s DVR gains may be enough to earn the period drama a stay of execution.

On the comedy front, ABC committed to a full-season order of Suburgatory after the show posted a solid 3.1 in its third outing.

In addition to the twin full-season pickups, ABC has ordered six additional scripts for its sophomore comedy Happy Endings. Endings enjoys what may well be the hottest time slot on the dial, leading out of monster hit Modern Family Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.

ABC on Tuesday hosted the first of two staggered comedy launches, bowing Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing to 13.2 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in the demo. Beginning next week, the sitcom Man Up! will lead out of Last Man at 8:30 p.m.

Including the aforementioned ABC series, there have been nine full-season pickups thus far, including: Fox’s New Girl; CBS’ 2 Broke Girls; NBC’s Whitney and Up All Night; and The CW’s Ringer, Hart of Dixie, and The Secret Circle.

Season to date, four series have been canceled.