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'Freddie' Looking Good for Full Season

(Posted November 11, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( ABC has given the go-ahead for a full season of its new comedy "Freddie," which becomes the network's third freshman series to earn a back-nine order.

The show, loosely based on star/executive producer Freddie Prinze Jr.'s life growing up in a house full of women, has enjoyed some modest success in its Wednesday time period, regularly building on its lead-in, "George Lopez," in the adult demographics advertisers love to target.

"Freddie's charm and charisma has made this a real comedy hit for us," says Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment.

Through five weeks on the air, "Freddie" is averaging about 8.2 million viewers per episode. It draws a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49, tops for its half-hour and an improvement over "George Lopez's" 3.2. It also builds on "Lopez" in the adults 18-34 and 25-54 demographics and is ABC's top-rated comedy ("Desperate Housewives" not being counted as a comedy in this case) in all three measures.

The show joins dramas "Commander in Chief" and "Invasion" in earning full-season pickups. ABC has yet to decide the fate of its other new comedy, "Hot Properties," which has drawn mediocre ratings on Friday nights, and the drama "Night Stalker," which is struggling on Thursdays.

Source: Zap2it

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