ABC orders full seasons of three comedies

Friday, Oct 9, 2009

ABC on Thursday handed full-season pickups to three of its four new fall comedies, the single-camera half-hours “Modern Family,” “Cougar Town” and “The Middle.”

“Modern Family,” one of the best received new series, and the Courteney Cox starrer “Cougar Town” have been early ratings standouts.

While they dipped in their third airing this week, the two shows continue to be solid anchors of ABC’s all-new two-hour Wednesday comedy block in the 9-10 p.m. hour.

“The Middle,” which stars Patricia Heaton, has been less impressive at 8:30 p.m., but has built on its “Hank” lead-in in both airings so far.

As for “Hank,” the fourth piece of ABC’s comedy block, there is no word on its future.

“Hank,” starring veteran Kelsey Grammer, is the only multi-camera comedy among the foursome and has fared much worse than the others in critical response and in the ratings.

ABC is yet to make a decision on the fifth new Wednesday series, low-performing dramedy “Eastwic