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NBC Orders Full Season of Debra Messing’s ‘Mysteries of Laura’

Freshman cop drama has been given a 22-episode order

NBC is happy to have Debra Messing on the job on “Mysteries of Laura.” It has ordered the cop drama’s back nine episodes, giving it a full season of 22 episodes of the cop drama after seeing it improve on its time slot by 58 percent year-over-year.

“Debra has effortlessly infused Laura with a relatability that is captivating audiences,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see how Laura will continue to evolve throughout the entire season.”

Over six episodes, “The Mysteries of Laura” has averaged a 1.8 rating, 6 share in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 10.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. In “live plus same day” results, “The Mysteries of Laura” has improved the Wednesday at 8 p.m. slot by 58 percent or 3.3 million persons versus NBC’s results in the hour one year earlier with now-cancelled “Revolution.”

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It is also the only drama on the broadcast networks to stay within .2 of its premiere rating. Last week’s episode scored a 1.3/4 rating and 8.1 million viewers.

On “Mysteries of Laura,” Messing stars as NYPD homicide Det. Laura Diamond, who manages to balance her time between being a police officer and that of a harried mom with two unruly young boys.

From Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions and Kapital Entertainment, the series also stars Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar and Max Jenkins.

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Adapted from a Spanish TV series, “Mysteries of Laura” is executive produced by writer Jeff Rake (“Boston Legal”) and director McG (“Supernatural”) alongside Greg Berlanti (“Brothers & Sisters”), Aaron Kaplan (“The Neighbors”), Todd Lituchy and Sarah Schechter.

Currently, NBC drama “Constantine” debuted last Friday to a 1.4 rating and 4.28 million viewers, though it has time before NBC makes any hard decisions about the drama. Of the new comedies, “A to Z” has been faltering in the ratings, averaging a 1.03 and only 3.7 million viewers, marking it for a probable cancellation. Meanwhile, “Marry Me” is thriving after a “Voice” lead-in with a 2.03 ad demo rating and 6.57 million viewers.