Fox is keeping Hope alive: The network today ordered thirteen more episodes of its sweet new Tuesday comedy Raising Hope. The full-season order is the first for any of the class of 2010, and comes days after Fox became the first network to kill off a frosh (R.I.P., Lone Star). The decision to stick with Hope is a no-brainer for Fox, given sterling reviews for the show and solid ratings coming out of massive lead-in Glee. While far from a hit, it’s definitely showing signs of finding an audience: “The show is running like a Swiss clock, and we’re very happy with how well audiences have responded so far,” Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “We’re confident it will build an even bigger audience throughout the season.”
Fox will give Hope an added boost later this month when it airs two episodes of the Greg Garcia–created series (including a Halloween half-hour) on October 26 behind the Rocky Horror Show–themed episode of Glee. Fox insiders insist that’s not bad for Running Wilde, which stabilized in the ratings last night (but still remains a Nielsen laggard).
Meanwhile, don’t be surprised if the other networks start handing out full-season orders pretty soon. Hawaii 5-0, Blue Bloods, and Mike & Molly are all safe bets to get extended, while it wouldn’t be a shock to see $#*! My Dad Says and The Defenders also live on beyond their initial thirteen-episode orders. ABC also seems likely to stick with No Ordinary Family, while the CW will probably extend the life of Nikita.