From ABC's press site: IN AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE THAT DEMONSTRATES A STRONG SHOW OF CONFIDENCE IN ITS NEW SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING, ABC ANNOUNCES EARLY 2003-2004 SEASON ORDERS FOR SEVEN SERIES: “8 SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER,” “ACCORDING TO JIM,” “ALIAS,” “GEORGE LOPEZ,” “LESS THAN PERFECT,” “LIFE WITH BONNIE” AND “MY WIFE AND KIDS” Popular Series Join “NYPD Blue” in Early Pick-Ups Network Also Re-ups “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “The Bachelor” Franchise In an unprecedented move that demonstrates a strong show of confidence in its new scripted programming, the ABC Television Network has picked up seven current series for the 2003-2004 season, including all four of its freshman comedies: “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” “According to Jim,” “Alias,” “George Lopez,” “Less Than Perfect,” “Life with Bonnie” and “My Wife and Kids.” The announcement was made today by Lloyd Braun, chairman, ABC Entertainment Television Group, and Susan Lyne, president, ABC Entertainment. These successful series join previously-announced pick-up “NYPD Blue. ” “These seven shows have demonstrated both creative growth and an ability to compete in their timeslots,” Ms. Lyne said in making the announcement. “Each one plays a key role in our current schedule, and they will be the building blocks for launching our new series next season.” “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” is a strong lead-off program for ABC on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The comedy is bringing ABC enormous time period improvement, boosting the Network’s totals by 42% in Total Viewers and by 35% in Adults 18-49 over the same point last season. The show is a solid second in the half-hour this season among Adults 18-49 (4.6/13), behind only Fox with the mega-hit “American Idol” and “That 70’s Show.” In its half-hour, “8 Simple Rules” tops NBC by 70% (2.7/8) and CBS by 53% (2.9/8) among Adults 18-49. “8 Simple Rules” qualifies as ABC’s most-watched comedy (12.4 million) and its No. 1 scripted program in Total Viewers, tied with “My Wife and Kids.” “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” stars John Ritter, Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson and Martin Spanjers. Tracy Gamble, who created the series, also serves as executive producer, along with Tom Shadyac, Flody Suarez and Michael Bostick. The series is from Touchstone Television. “According to Jim” is an incredibly strong transitional program for ABC on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Like its “8 Simple Rules” lead-in, “Jim” is greatly improving the time period for ABC, up 33% in viewers and 36% in Adults 18-49 over the Net’s delivery in the slot at the same point last season. The comedy is a strong second to Fox’s “American Idol” in the half-hour in Adults 18-49 (4.9/12). A key component to ABC’s success on the night, “According to Jim” builds by 4% on its Adult 18-49 lead-in on average. “According to Jim” is ABC’s No. 1 comedy among Adults 18-49 and its No. 1 scripted program this season in the key demo, tied with “My Wife and Kids.” “According to Jim” is up over its own delivery last season by 15% in viewers and by 9% in young adults. “According to Jim” stars Jim Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kimberly Williams, Larry Joe Campbell, Taylor Atelian and Billi Bruno. Executive producers/writers are Tracy Newman & Jonathan Stark. Executive producers are Suzanne Bukinik and Marc Gurvitz. The series is from Touchstone Television in association with Brad Grey Television. With significant sampling on its post-Super Bowl telecast, “Alias” hit its highest ratings ever in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. Since then “Alias” has maintained its momentum, outpacing its average prior to the Super Bowl by 12% in Total Viewers (10.1 million vs. 9.0 million) and by 18% in Adults 18-49 (4.7/10 vs. 4.0/9). Versus the same point last season, “Alias” is up by 3% in its core demographic of Adults 18-34 (3.8/10 vs. 3.7/9) and by 9% among Teens 12-17 (2.4/7 vs. 2.2/7). “Alias” stars Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Lena Olin, Bradley Cooper, Merrin Dungey, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman and David Anders. The series, from Touchstone Television, was created by J.J. Abrams, who executive-produces along with John Eisendrath and Ken Olin. On average this season, “George Lopez” leads its half-hour by 7% in Adults 18-49 (4.5/12 vs. 4.2/11 – Fox). The comedy also holds No. 1 ranks in its time period this season among Total Viewers (11.4 million) and all key Women demographics. “George Lopez” retains an impressive 96% of its strong “Wife and Kids” Adult 18-49 lead-in. Among young adults in Hispanic homes, “George Lopez” is the second-highest-rated scripted television program this season, behind only NBC’s “Friends.” “George Lopez” stars George Lopez, Constance Marie, Valente Rodriguez, Masiela Lusha, Luis Armand Garcia and Belita Moreno. Bruce Helford, Robert Borden, Deborah Oppenheimer and Sandra Bullock serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Mohawk Productions, Inc. and Fortis Films, in association with Warner Bros. Television. “Less than Perfect” is a competitive player and exhibits strong retention of its young adult lead-in. “Less Than Perfect” holds second place in its time period among Women 25-54 (5.2/11). In addition, “Less Than Perfect” is retaining a strong 95% of its Adult 18-49 lead-in. “Less Than Perfect” has beaten its comedy competition in the time period, NBC’s “A.U.S.A,” for 2 consecutive weeks among Adults 18-49. On its most recent airing (2/18/03), “Less Than Perfect” gave ABC its largest advantage over NBC in the time period this season. “Less Than Perfect” stars Sara Rue, Zachary Levi, Sherri Shepherd, Andrea Parker, Andy Dick and Eric Roberts. Terri Minsky, Nina Wass and Gene Stein serve as executive producers of the Touchstone Television production. “Life with Bonnie” has performed exceptionally well in its half-hour opposite NBC’s established comedy, “Frasier.” “Life With Bonnie” ranks second in its time period this season among Women 25-54 (5.5/12), Teens 12-17 (2.9/10) and Kids 2-11 (1.6/7). Despite its competitive time slot, “Life with Bonnie” is improving the half-hour for ABC this season by 7% among Adults 18-34 and by 6% in Women 18-49. “Life with Bonnie” stars Bonnie Hunt, Mark Derwin, Samantha Browne-Walters, Marianne Muellerleile, Charlie Stewart, Holly Wortell, Chris Barnes, Anthony Russell and David Alan Grier. The Touchstone Television series is created and executive-produced by Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake. Dominating its time period again this season, “My Wife and Kids” leads its closest competition in Wednesday night’s lead-off half-hour by 14% in Total Viewers (12.3 million vs. 10.8 million - CBS) and by 15% among Adults 18-49 (4.7/13 vs. 4.1/12 – Fox) on average. The hit family comedy has improved on its own performance in the same time period last season in both Total Viewers (12.3 million vs. 11.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.7/13 vs. 4.6/13). “My Wife and Kids” ranks as ABC’s top rated comedy this season and its No. 1 scripted program in viewers (12.4 million) and young adults (4.9/14), tied with “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” and “According to Jim,” respectively. “My Wife and Kids” stars Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George O. Gore II, Jennifer Freeman and Parker McKenna Posey. Wayans and Don Reo are co-creators and executive producers. David Himelfarb is executive producer and Eric Gold is co-executive producer of the Touchstone Television series. On the alternative series front, ABC has picked up continuous ratings winner “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” for its 14th season. It currently ranks No. 1 in its Friday 8:00-9:00 p.m. timeslot and has improved this time period by 19% in Adults 18-49. The smash hit reality relationship series, “The Bachelor,” will also return for the 2003-04 season. In 2002 “The Bachelor” was the network’s top-rated series in Adults 18-49, and its November finale drew an audience of 26.9 million, making it the second-most-watched non-sports program on ABC this season. Vin Di Bona is executive producer of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” with Todd Thicke and Terry Moore serving as co-executive producers. The series is from Vin Di Bona Productions. “The Bachelor” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions for ABC. Mike Fleiss is executive producer and Lisa Levenson is co-executive producer.