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Fox Renews ‘Lethal Weapon’ for Full Season

Eighteen Episodes in Total for Season One

Fox has announced a full season order for the revival of “Lethal Weapon,” with an order for an additional five episodes. Unlike most new network series that traditionally would get a backend order for nine more episodes, “Lethal Weapon,” like NBC’s “This Is Us,” will produce 18 episodes in total in season one.

“Lethal Weapon” delivers an explosive and wildly entertaining core relationship between two cops, with dynamic performances by Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, surrounded by cinematic action, endearing humor and true heart,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz have done a tremendous job on this show, which has proven to be a self-starter and solid companion for ‘Empire.”

Three episodes in and “Lethal Weapon” marks Fox’s highest fall series premiere in two years, with 12.4 million viewers and a 3.2 rating/12 share, on average, across all platforms to-date based on the Live + 7 Day data. “Lethal Weapon” is a production of Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Note those “across all platforms” L+7 numbers… They include imaginary (OK unaudited is really what it is) viewers.

    Can you blame FOX for renewing their least-disastrous show? Not really, even though it’s WAY too early to know if it’s not going to be more money wasted.

    Can you blame them for not coming up with anything compelling and renewing mega-flops? Of course.

    • Disagree with you on the effects of the DVR, on demand viewing, and online viewing. Too many options. Too many ways to view the same show these days to just use the live + same day numbers as a barometer.

      That said, I agree with you on Fox having to renew something! While all the networks have seen better days, this network has fallen HARD and the extra viewing platforms are only a small piece of that problem. They have not scheduled well at all and frankly deserve most of the pain they are experiencing. Some simple scheduling changes alone could have resulted in some of these Fox shows actually getting some sampling this fall.

      Football should have been used as a platform for a couple new Sunday dramas this year.

      Empire should be leading into the third new drama. The low rated junk could have filled the rest of the week.

      I actually think Tuesday would be a good night to counter with the male skewing animated/comedy product. Those shows do very well in DVR, on demand, and online viewing so placing them on a night where they have no pulse anyway should have happened.

      I agree with leaving the Monday lineup alone even though Gotham is by and large a failure.

      I would’ve put a horror-themed night on Thursdays with Scream Queens and the Exorcist. I also would’ve waited to launch that until Halloween or after baseball playoffs.

      On Fridays I would have also waited until after baseball and gone with the remaining procedural shows: Bones and Rosewood.

      • I fear I was misunderstood, certainly my fault for not being clear enough. 🙂

        I’m not saying those don’t exist or aren’t important in the grand scheme of things.

        I am saying that:

        1) Flops in Live+SD (which do include DVR numbers even though everyone here seems to be acting like they think they don’t…) are still flops in Live+3

        2) Live+7 is irrelevant as nobody pays for those. They’re nice to see if you’re the creator however… Also Live+3 and Live+7 are substitutes for C3 (and C7 if someone wanted to pay for those) which is what advertisers really pay for (given fast forwarding that makes Live without SD a much more important part of it even if nobody fast-forwards every ad all the time).

        3) Twitter numbers are uncorrelated to ratings success. So is “social media buzz”. Those are just PR angles trying to sound hip and modern. Sadly many people fall for that.

        4) On-Demand and online numbers are unaudited. This means we can’t tell if they’re true or not and the fact flops all magically come endowed with huge online and on-demand numbers should make us all very suspicious of those (same with box-office numbers which are a riot but only vaguely correlated to reality but that’s another topic).

        On-demand advertisers must have a reliable metric, but they’re not sharing it with us.

        We do agree on FOX’s travails being self-inflicted.

        Years of renewing flops has paid off in droves.