Private Practice Gets Full-Season Pickup

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Newcomers “Private Practice” and “The Big Bang Theory,” as well as returnee “The Unit” all received full-season pickups Thursday.

“Private Practice” represents ABC’s first “back nine” order this year and comes after another strong performance on Wednesday. CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” becomes the first new comedy to land a full-season greenlight. And although “The Unit” was a returning series, the network had only guaranteed 13 episodes to producer 20th Century Fox TV.

“Private Practice,” the spinoff to ABC’s smash “Grey’s Anatomy,” has lived up to promise so far, holding down the Wednesday No. 1 slot among adults 18-49 over the past four weeks. Season to date, the show has averaged a 4.7 rating and 12 share among adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers.

“Private Practice” is also the top-rated series among all freshman entries this fall.

“The Big Bang Theory,” meanwhile, has averaged a 3.6 rating and 9 share with adults 18-49 — building on its “How I Met Your Mother” lead-in by 9%. Show is also attracting an average of 9 million viewers (up 10% from its lead-in).

And “The Unit,” which just posted its best numbers Tuesday since February, has averaged a 3.1/8 with adults 18-49 and 11.4 million viewers.