CBS is bringing its comedy about pregnancy, “Accidentally on Purpose,” closer to a full term — but not quite all the way there.
The network has ordered five additional episodes of the series, which stars Jenna Elfman as a San Francisco movie critic whose one-night stand with a younger guy (Jon Foster) results in her getting pregnant, him moving in and mismatched-couple comedy. That brings the show’s total to 18 for the season.
While that’s short of the standard 22-episode order for a full season, it does represent some vote of confidence in the show. “Accidentally on Purpose” is the least-watched show in CBS’ Monday comedy block, but it has been a fairly steady performer so far this season.
It’s averaging a shade over 8 million viewers per week and a 3.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. It retains about 90 percent of the total audience of its lead-in, “How I Met Your Mother” (8.9 million), and a little more than 80 percent of “HIMYM’s” adults 18-49 rating (3.8).
(It’s also improved creatively. I didn’t like the pilot much at all, but the couple of recent episodes I’ve watched show a comedy that’s much more sure of itself.)
The not-quite-full season for “Accidentally” could also allow room for “Rules of Engagement,” which is once again due to join the CBS schedule at midseason.
CBS has now handed out additional episodes to three of its four new shows — earlier this fall, “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “The Good Wife” each got full-season pickups. Still hanging is the medical drama “Three Rivers.”
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