[11/02/05 - 12:00 AM] NBC Extends 'Three Wishes,' 'The Office' (Again) By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- NBC has extended its freshman series "Three Wishes" for six more editions while returning comedy "The Office" got the thumbs up for three additional episodes, the network announced yesterday.
Said orders bring their season totals thus far to 18 and 16 episodes respectively. "The Office" originally began the 2005-06 season with a six-episode order with the Peacock asking for seven additional installments shortly after its premiere (read the story).
To date this season, "The Office" has averaged a mediocre 8.0 million viewers and a far from spectacular 61.82% retention rate of lead-in "My Name Is Earl's" audience (12.94 million on average).
"The Office" comes from Reveille and NBC Universal Television with Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Howard Klein serving as executive producers.
As for "Wishes," the Friday entry has averaged an equally mediocre 7.67 million viewers to date this season. The show nevertheless has shown solid growth over the course of its run as the last two weeks have built off its premiere numbers, not to mention won the 9:00/8:00c hour for the first time this season.
Andrew Glassman and Jason Raff are the executive producers of the series for Glassman Media and NBC Universal Television.