'Samantha' Snags Six Scripts
ABC comedy takes step toward full-season pickup
The network has ordered six additional scripts for the show, which has earned some of the the highest ratings of any new show this fall and is by far the top new comedy. The showbiz trade papers report that a full-season order is not far off.
"Samantha" stars Christina Applegate as a woman who wakes from an eight-day coma with retrograde amnesia. As she tries to piece together the details of her former life, she discovers that she was not a nice person and sets out to make amends.
Over its first two airings, the series is averaging about 14.6 million viewers. The lofty figure is due in no small part to its having "Dancing with the Stars" as a lead-in, but "Samantha Who?" is doing a better job retaining the "Dancing" audience than any other show ever has.
It also improved its adults 18-49 rating in week two (from 4.5 to 4.6), a rarity this season.
"Samantha Who?" currently airs at 9:30 p.m. ET Mondays and will move back to 9 p.m. in late November when "Dancing" completes its fall run.