Congratulations, New Girl! You just earned the fall’s first full-season pickup. And not just for 22 episodes, but for a supersized 24 episodes. With this news, Fox can start compiling an entire album of goofy songs performed by Jessica Day to compete with Glee‘s dominance of the charts.
The order comes after just two episodes of the Zooey Deschanel comedy, the second of which aired last night. Fox can’t be blamed for the hasty decision, as New Girl is easily the season’s biggest new hit right out of the gate. Its premiere episode actually improved on its lead-in numbers from Glee (which was supposed to be helping it out), drawing 10.28 million viewers and an impressive 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Last night’s second episode saw very little drop-off, pulling 9.26 million and a 4.4 rating in the same demo. So this wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when.
The success could be attributed to Fox’s decision to release the pilot early on the internet in an attempt to build word-of-mouth and buzz. That move is now being mimicked by NBC, which has already released the second episode of Whitney, which airs tomorrow (watch it here) and the third episode of Up All Night, which airs tonight (watch it here). But let’s be honest here, New Girl is a hit because it’s mainstreaming Zooey Deschanel, meaning I now face that much more competition in my lifelong goal to squeeze the adorableness out of her. Just be warned: I’m a pretty great stalker.
Plus, we all know that the real importance of this news is that it sets the first tiebreaker for TV.com’s Dead Pool. We’re still waiting on the first cancellation, though, so it’s anyone’s game. But mostly mine, because I got New Girl right. Did you?
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