NBC has given a not-quite-full-season pickup to its first-year comedy “Marry Me,” ordering five additional episodes for a total of 18 for the season.
The show had a decent premiere behind “The Voice” on Oct. 14, drawing 7.5 million viewers and a 2.3 same-day rating in adults 18-49 (which rose to 8.7 million and a 2.7 in Live +7). Subsequent episodes have fallen off some, but it’s easily the best-performing comedy NBC has put on the air this fall.
“Marry Me” stars Ken Marino and Casey Wilson as a long-term couple that finally gets engaged and follows their relationship and their circle of close friends. It was created by David Caspe of “Happy Endings,” who’s also Wilson’s real-life husband.
A typical full-season pickup for a new show is 22 episodes, but the somewhat smaller order for “Marry Me” may reflect NBC’s inventory of new shows for 2015 as much as anything else. The network has three new comedies — “Mr. Robinson,” “One Big Happy” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — on tap for later in the season, plus the final season of “Parks and Recreation.”