UPDATED: That was close! ABC has renewed Private Practice and Body of Proof. Shonda Rhimes’ medical drama is coming back for a sixth round, while the procedural starring Dana Delany will return for a third season.
Earlier Friday, Rhimes’ other bubble show, Scandal, as well as the freshman comedy Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23 and the comedy Happy Endings, were also renewed. And at the very end of ABC’s Friday pickups, the network finally gave a thumbs up to Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing.
The Private Practice renewal was mostly expected. Mostly; the medical soap was performing decently in its usual time period at 10 p.m. on Thursdays. But with ABC taking a leap of faith by renewing Rhimes’ new political drama Scandal, plus bringing back flagship Grey’s Anatomy and ordering a host of new shows, ABC could have used the post-Grey’s real estate on Thursdays to launch a freshman drama or give support to Scandal. When moved from Thursdays earlier this season, Private’s ratings dropped off sharply, which suggested it was definitely vulnerable.
Private Practice has averaged 8.1 million viewers and a 3.0 rating this season. Body of Proof averaged 9.9 million and a 2.1 rating.