"Nashville" -- easily this season's most lavishly praised newcomer by the critical class — has a full-season order. ABC trotted out a bunch of numbers (see below — get out your calculators) in support of this order, but this simple fact remains: If “Nashville” hadn't received a full season then there pretty much wouldn't be any hope for network TV. The show is certainly a very good one but seemed to struggle initially. Nevertheless, it (apparently) tracks well with DVRs and the like.
Those numbers (and, by the way, “The Neighbors” also got a pickup earlier; and awaiting word on another newcomer, which appears to have a strong pulse, "666 Park"):
On average during Wednesday’s 10 o’clock hour, ABC rookie “Nashville” is No. 1 in its time period among Adults 18-49 (3.2/9), beating CBS’ veteran “C.S.I.” by 3% (3.1/9) and NBC’s freshman “Chicago Fire” by 33% (2.4/7). The new ABC drama also leads the hour with Adults 18-34 and across all key Women demographics (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). Overall for the season, “Nashville” ranks among the Top 3 new TV series in Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34, while qualifying as the No. 2 freshman program with Women 18-49.