‘SMILF’ Gets Season 2 Pick-Up at Showtime



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Showtime is holding on to its new baby “SMILF.” The freshman comedy has been picked up for a second season, the network announced on Wednesday.
Frankie Shaw’s deliciously raw look at the life of a 20-something single mother, which also stars Rosie O’Donnell in her first series regular TV role, will air its season one finale New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
A first look at the episode will be available online and On Demand on Dec. 29.
The series will go back into production in 2018.
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“From its first episode, the refreshingly honest point of view of SMILF broke through with audiences, the press and on social media,” said Gary Levine, Showtime’s president of programming. “Frankie Shaw is a creative force to be reckoned with and we love having her on SHOWTIME. Her show is funny and forthright, pointed and poignant, irreverent and relevant, all at once. We can’t wait to see where Frankie takes SMILF next season.”
The series — created, starring and executive produced by Shaw — is based on her Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winning short film of the same name.
The comedy dropped on Nov. 5 and gave the network its biggest premiere week audience for a comedy since 2012.
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“SMILF” airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

These days, it is rare for a TV show to grow its audience year over year, but miracles — and sophomore smash hits like “This Is Us” — do happen.  
Thus far this season, six broadcast series are averaging more total viewers than they did at this same period in autumn last year. We’ve ranked them in order from smallest to largest gainers.
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Show: “Chicago Fire”  Net: NBC  This season’s viewer average: 10.399 million  Last season’s viewer average: 10.059 million   Change: +3%  
Dick Wolf drama only joined the list of growers this week. Insert your own “on Fire” joke.  
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NBC

Show: “Dateline – Friday”    Net: NBC  This season’s viewer average: 5.916 million  Last season’s viewer average: 5.664 million   Change: +4%  
As Chris Hansen would say, “Have a seat,” and that’s exactly what Dateline viewers are doing in front of the TV when this news magazine show is on.  
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NBC

Show: “Bob’s Burgers”  Net: Fox    This season’s viewer average: 3.366 million  Last season’s viewer average: 3.157 million   Change: +7%  
Despite NFL’s declining ratings, this animated show has benefitted more this season from some football afternoon games leading into its airing.
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Fox

Show: “Chicago PD”  Net: NBC  This season’s viewer average: 8.912 million  Last season’s viewer average: 8.041 million   Change: +11%  
There’s something about this Windy City drama that has fans hooked.   
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Show: “This Is Us”  Net: NBC  This season’s viewer average: 15.344 million  Last season’s viewer average: 13.538 million   Change: +13%  
This one’s easy to explain — cross-reference “Empire” Season 2 for another recent sophomore-bump example.  
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NBC

Show: “Mom”  Net: CBS  This season’s viewer average: 9.285 million  Last season’s viewer average: 8.134 million  Change: +14%  
Thanks, (new lead-in) “Young Sheldon”!  
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Meanwhile, ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” was actually up 11 percent in the key 18-49 demographic, but down 3 percent among overall viewers.  
Every show in this gallery not named “Chicago Fire” and “Dateline” also grew in the aforementioned demo.  
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ABC is the only Big 4 network without an overall audience grower — though “AFHV” does have some kind of claim

These days, it is rare for a TV show to grow its audience year over year, but miracles — and sophomore smash hits like “This Is Us” — do happen.  
Thus far this season, six broadcast series are averaging more total viewers than they did at this same period in autumn last year. We’ve ranked them in order from smallest to largest gainers.
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