ABC has ordered additional two episodes each of veteran drama Grey’s Anatomy and comedies black-ish and American Housewife, expanding the seasons of each series to 24 episodes. All three shows hail from ABC sibling ABC Studios.
Grey’s Anatomy continues to be in a league of its own. A heavily serialized drama, a genre that often commands limited-run seasons of 13-18 episodes a year — a strategy employed by such high-profile dramas as NBC’s This Is Us, Fox’s Empire and ABC/Shondaland’s How To Get Away With Murder — Grey’s has been able to deliver suppressed seasons for most of its long run while remaining a ratings stalwart. Besides its original midseason run, 12 of Grey’s 13 subsequent seasons have consisted of 24 or 25 episodes each.
As a result, Grey’s Anatomy, now in its 14th season, is about to cross the 300 episode mark.
American Housewife, a promising newcomer last season, has made a successful move to its high-profile new time slot this season, Wednesdays at 9:30, behind Modern Family, while black-ish, has done solid business holding up Tuesdays as new 9 PM anchor.