Three episodes into the season for ABC’s “Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23,” and it looks like ABC’s got at least a mild hit on their hands, and a probable renewal for another season.
The show, starring Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, and James Van Der Beek, stepped into the sweet spot in ABC’s lineup. The show follows “Modern Family,” taking the time slot after the run of “Happy Endings” finished.
It’s a very non-traditional show. Ritter’s Chloe is a lovable psychopath, although her character has already started to soften. Walker’s June is the doe-eyed foil, and James Van Der Beek is absolutely hilarious as a hopefully-fictionalized version of himself. The jokes come quickly and from odd angles, and the nature of the show makes it unpredictable. The episode two subplot where Chloe got June to date her father was what I like to refer to as “The Holy %^#@ Moment.”
The show debuted to 6.98 million viewers, then episode two drew 6.43 million viewers. While that’s down from “Modern Family’s” audience of 10.2 million, it’s still better than “Suburgatory” (5.69 million) and the night’s rerun of “The Middle” (4.69 million).
With strong ratings through the first two weeks, the show already looks like an easy bet for renewal. ABC’s Wednesdays seem to be quickly becoming their equivalent of the NBC “Must See” Thursday night lineups of the 80s and 90s.
— Reid Kerr warmed up to “Happy Endings,” although he was still unnerved about the name. Follow Reid on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook and tell him your favorite new comedy.