Beauty and the Beast joins Arrow and gets a full season on The CW

Fans of the latest incarnation of Beauty and the Beast can breathe easy. The CW has ordered nine additional episodes of the beastly sci-fi series for a full 22-episode season. Beauty and the Beast joins Arrow in getting a full season pickup.

Beast hasn't done as well as Arrow, which is considered a hit for the network, but the series has averaged 2.4 million viewers, with 1.8 million yesterday.

Other freshmen series that have received a full season this fall include ABC's The Neighbors, CBS's Elementary and NBC's Revolution. Things haven't gone as well for other ABC shows, such as 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, which have struggled in the ratings. Both shows have had an order for two additional scripts, but ABC has not made any announcements about additional episodes.

Here's The CW's press release:


November 9, 2012 (Burbank, CA) - The CW picked up a full season of its freshman hit drama BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST stars Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville," "Chuck") as Catherine, Jay Ryan ("Terra Nova") as Vincent, Max Brown ("The Tudors," "MI-5") as Evan, Nina Lisandrello ("Nurse Jackie") as Tess, Nicole Gale Anderson ("Make It or Break It") as Heather, Austin Basis ("Life Unexpected") as J.T., and Brian White ("The Shield," "The Cabin in the Woods") as Joe.

Last night's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was up 9% in total viewers versus last week, and also grew in all key adult demos week to week. Season to date, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is averaging 2.4 million viewers and a 1.3 rating among women 18-34, and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-34, in most current Nielsen data.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Take 5 Productions/Whizbang Films with executive producers Sherri Cooper ("Brothers and Sisters") & Jennifer Levin ("Without A Trace," "Felicity"), Brian Peterson ("Smallville") & Kelly Souders ("Smallville"), Gary Fleder ("Life Unexpected," "October Road"), Bill Haber ("Rizzoli & Isles," "Thurgood"), Paul J. Witt ("A Better Life") & Tony Thomas ("A Better Life"), Ron Koslow ("Moonlight"), Frank Siracusa ("The Yard") and John Weber ("Borgias").

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