On the same day that ABC decided to cap the future of one of it's new comedies - pulling the plug on the Back in the Game starring James Caan and Maggie Lawson - they also chose to invest in the continuation of three other shows - The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, and Super Fun Night.
The standout of that group is The Goldbergs; Adam F. Goldberg's semi-autobiographical 80s nostalgiapalooza family comedy. Nestled in behind Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Goldbergs has done a serviceable job in the ratings, averaging 7.5 million viewers and a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo after Live+7 DVR is calculated, and all despite being a poor thematic match for its lead in.
Super Fun Night has similar numbers, but it hasn't received as much critical acclaim and it has struggled to keep the attention of Modern Family viewers who are changing the channel as soon as Rebel Wilson comes on the screen. Perhaps that's why, unlike The Goldbergs (which got a "back 9" order), Super Fun Night only got an additional 4 episodes to prove itself.
Despite the fact that Trophy Wife has seen the worst ratings of ABC's new comedies (including Back in the Game), averaging only 5.7 million viewers with a 1.9 demo, the show also got a "back 9." Perhaps that's due to the support it has received from critics rooting for a show about a young woman's immersion into her new husband's non-nuclear family.
In the past, ABC has given a lot of leeway to shows with similar attributes like Happy Endings and Cougar Town, but ultimately, those shows have had a tough go and are no longer on ABC, so Trophy Wife could still be one and done this season. Remember, now-canceled shows like Go On and The New Normal received the same gesture of faith that Trophy Wife and The Goldbergs just received, so a lot can happen between now and the end of the season.
The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife air on ABC every Tuesday @9pm and 9:30pm, respectively. Super Fun Night airs on ABC Wednesdays @9:30pm.