Citing Strong Viewership, ABC Awards Full Season To ‘Speechless’
Just two episodes in, a television comedy starring a teen with cerebral palsy is proving so popular that network executives are already committing to more.
ABC said it has ordered a full season of “Speechless” calling the family comedy one of the season’s most critically-acclaimed new shows.
“We’re very proud of the creative excellence in front of and behind the camera and are thrilled to be giving our audience more episodes,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment.
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The announcement means “Speechless” will get an additional nine episodes beyond what was initially planned.
“Speechless” focuses on the experiences of the DiMeo family, including son JJ who has cerebral palsy and is nonverbal. JJ is played by Micah Fowler who has a less severe form of the developmental disability in real life.
The show was the number two new comedy on television during premiere week among adults ages 18 to 49, ABC said, drawing an average of 6.9 million viewers.
“Speechless” airs Wednesdays at 8:30 ET on ABC.