FOX’s ‘The Mindy Project’ and ‘Ben and Kate’ Get Full Season Orders
“Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project have everything we want to stand for in comedy: Smart writing, hugely appealing casts and comedy that feels contemporary and real — which is why we’re confident they will continue to build on what is already an appointment comedy night for young, influential audiences on Tuesdays,” FOX’s Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly said in a statement.
The Mindy Project, created by star and NBC’s The Office alum Mindy Kaling, gets nine additional episodes. While Ben and Kate, starring Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson, gets six more episodes to complete its season.
Neither of the series have made a splash in the ratings and last week experienced a fall in viewership. The Mindy Project went from 4.7 million viewers for its debut to 3.75 million in its second week. Ben and Kate premiered to 4.19 million viewers and saw a drop to 3.32 in its second week.
The Mindy Project, about a tragically single OB-GYN (Kaling) whose romantic notions come from rom-coms, airs Tuesdays at 9:30 PM. Ben and Kate, a series about an older brother (Faxon) who moves in to help his younger sister (Johnson) with single motherhood, airs Tuesdays at 8:30 PM.
Many are waiting to see if FOX will stick it out with new drama, The Mob Doctor, which has been tanking in viewership.
Last week, NBC made the first pick ups of the fall with full seasons for Revolution, The New Normal and Go On.