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Freshman 'Switched at Birth' Earns 22 Episodes Order

August 1, 2011 (4:08 pm) GMT
ABC Family is pleased to announce that there will be a 'back-season' debuting early 2012 for the new drama.

For having a strong start and continuing the accolade, "" is given additional 22 episodes order. ABC Family announced that the new drama series will have a total of 32 episodes in the first season with the first 10 episodes ending this summer on August 8.

"Viewers have fallen in love with this show, just as we did when we first saw it," said ABC Family president Michael Riley in a statement. "We set out this year to bring viewers more original content than ever before, all with the trademarks of our bright, authentic, quality storytelling. We're so thrilled to see this series become a break-out hit this summer and become a key component of our programming lineup into next year."

Calling it the "back-season", the second batch of episodes will then premiere in early 2012.

"Switched at Birth", starring and , hit series high on recent July 25 airing. It is currently the network's second freshman season in the 18-34 and 18-49 demos, right behind "".

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