Full season for Brothers and Sisters
Despite choppy sailing, family drama gets the green-light from ABC.
ABC has picked up freshman series Brothers & Sisters for a full season, the network announced today. The drama series stars Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, and Sally Field.
Brothers and Sisters airs Sunday nights behind Desperate Housewives in the time slot previously occupied by Grey's Anatomy, which moved to Thursdays. According to ABC, Brothers and Sisters is the top new program on any night in the 10 p.m. hour and the second-highest-rated new series of the season among Adults 18-49.
"Brothers & Sisters is a great addition to our Sunday-night lineup and has given us a strong complement to Desperate Housewives," said ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson.
Brothers premiered strongly after receiving negative buzz over the summer, with some critics questioning whether it was the "troubled show of the season" due to cast shuffles and backstage drama. After a strong start, the series has eroded 21 percent in the ratings.
Brothers joins the elite full-season ranks of freshman series Ugly Betty, Jericho, and Heroes. ABC made a similar decision when post-Desperate show Boston Legal was slumping in the ratings--the net ordered a full season of Boston, then moved it to another night and replaced it with then midseason Grey's Anatomy.
And oh for all of you Everwood fans out there who don't know, this show is co-run by Greg Berlanti now. :)