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October 31, 2008

ABC picks up 'Samantha Who?' for full season

ABC has picked up the Christina Applegate comedy series "Samantha Who?" for a full season.

The network ordered another seven episodes of the show from ABC Studios and Brillstein-Grey Television, sources say.

The most-recent Monday evening outing was seen by 9.6 million viewers and received a 2.7 rating coming out of lead-in "Dancing With the Stars." On average this season, the three episodes of “Samantha” that have aired have drawn 10.5 million and a 2.8 rating. Since its premiere, "Samantha" is Monday's second-most-watched comedy, behind CBS' "Two and a Half Men."

Though relatively modestly rated in the adult demo, "Samantha" gives ABC one known-quantity comedy that it can potentially build from when it premieres new half-hour efforts later this season. ABC has "Better Off Ted," "The Goode Family," "Scrubs," "Single with Parents," "In the Motherhood" and "According to Jim" (which returns Dec. 2) waiting the wings.


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