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'Once Upon a Time,' two ABC comedies get full-season orders

November 3, 2011 |  4:32 pm

Once Upon a Time
And they lived happily ever after ... (for, at least, this season): ABC has given full-season orders to "Once Upon a Time," "Happy Endings" and "Last Man Standing," and has ordered five additional scripts for "Pan Am."

Fairytale-inspired "Once Upon a Time" has ranked as the highest-rated new drama of the fall (not easy when up against the NFL and, for a moment, the World Series), averaging 12.3 million viewers and a an impressive 4.0 rating among adults 18 to 49. Those numbers held up in its second outing in its Sunday time-slot. 

"Last Man Standing," meanwhile, has cooled a bit since its premiere, which brought in 13 million viewers, but is still doing well for ABC on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. And it's encouraging news for "Happy Endings," which went into the season with a 13-episode pick-up after a six-episode launch last spring.

"Pan Am" had a strong takeoff with its Sunday debut but has hit some turbulence in the following weeks. Ordering five more scripts shows the network's faith in the series, but will it stay onboard? 

-- Yvonne Villarreal

twitter.com/villarrealy

Photo: The cast of "Once Upon a Time." Credit: ABC

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