FOX Orders More '5th Grader'
Latest 13-episode order will stretch through the beginning of May and beyond
FOX has ordered up an addition 13 episodes of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," insuring that the spring's new game show hit will stick around through May sweeps and probably beyond.
Thanks in no small part to early airings behind "American Idol," the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show has played to an average of 23 million viewers per episodes and a rousing 9.3 rating among adults 18-49, figures that make "5th Grader" the season's top new show in most measures.
In its four post-"Idol" airings, "5th Grader" retained roughly 84 percent of its lead-in, a relatively mind-boggling figure.
FOX initially ordered six episodes of the show, which is produced by Mark Burnett ("Survivor"), but the decision to order four additional episodes came almost immediately and established "5th Grader" as a Thursday night staple through April 19.
In announcing the new 13-episode order, FOX said only that "5th Grader" is slated to stay on Thursdays at 8 p.m. through May 10, though it could either be extended past that date in the summer or see episodes banked for other promotional opportunities.