It turns out the ratings for two of NBC’s new comedies, Whitney and Up All All Night have been strong enough to warrant full season commitments. Many times networks will test out new shows by committing to a certain number of episodes, promote the hell out of those episodes and monitor how many people tune in. After two episodes of Whitney and three showings of Up All Night, NBC has decided to crank out another batch of each, which will make up the rest of both shows’ first seasons. Whitney premiered to 7.6 million viewers and dropped only slightly in its second week. Up All Night had nearly 11 million viewers for its premiere and like, Whitney, has been retaining most of its audience from previous weeks.
“We’re thrilled with the creative direction of both shows as well as the potential for them to continue to build loyal audiences over the coming months,” says NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt. “We’re proud of all of the producers, writers, actors, and directors who have worked so hard to bring these shows to life.”
Whitney centers around a happily non-married couple played by comedians Whitney Cummings and Chris D’Elia (pictured above) while Up All Night stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as new parents. Maya Rudolph co-stars as well.
So, what do you think? Was it good idea for NBC to re-up both shows? Have you been watching them at all? Sound off in the comments section!