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ABC Orders Full Seasons of 'The Neighbors' and 'Scandal'

October 30, 2012 (2:17 am) GMT
The network gives back-nine episode orders to both the freshman comedy and the second season of the Shonda Rhimes-created political drama.
ABC Orders Full Seasons of 'The Neighbors' and 'Scandal'

ABC has given full-season orders to freshman comedy "" and sophomore drama "". The network orders nine additional episodes, bringing the shows' current seasons to a total of 22 episodes each.

"Neighbors" follows a family who moves into a new house in a gated New Jersey townhome community, which is populated by aliens disguising as humans. The show premiered to 9.2 million viewers and a 3.2 rating in adults 18-49, and has averaged 6.8 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in the demo.

As for "Scandal", the Shonda Rhimes-created political drama gets its first full season after airing only 13 episodes in its inaugural season. The show is up 2% in viewers from last season, averaging 8.1 million viewers and a 2.5 rating in the demo in its second season.

ABC is expected to announce the fate of its two other rookies "" and "" later this week or early next week. The network recently canceled "" spin-off ", which is also shepherded by Rhimes, after six seasons.

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