ABC Picks Up More Episodes of ‘The Muppets’

Kermit and Miss Piggy
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THE MUPPETS – “Pig Girls Don’t Cry (Pilot)” – Miss Piggy is furious that Kermit booked Elizabeth Banks as a guest on her late night talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear meets his girlfriend’s parents, and Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons performs their new single “Roots,” on the season premiere of “The Muppets,” TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights: The Muppets has been given an extended episode order by ABC.

ANIMAL - The MuppetsThe network is greenlighting three more episodes of the show, bringing its freshman total to 16.

While reviews have been mixed, the show is the highest-rated new Tuesday series among adults 18-49 (2.6 rating) and according to ABC, has improved its half-hour for the network by 69% in total viewers (7.6 million vs. 4.5 million) and by 86% in Adults 18-49 (2.6/10 vs. 1.4/5) compared to last season.

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The pickup comes after this Tuesday’s episode of  The Muppets saw increases in the adults 18-49 demo, even against the World Series.

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The Muppets features Kermit and the gang as they produce late-night talk show “Up Late with Miss Piggy.”  Bill Prady and Bob Kushell are co-creators and executive producers. Randall Einhorn, Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers. ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio are behind the show.

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