NBC Picks Up ‘Community,’ ‘Parks & Rec,’ ‘Mercy’

Gives back-nine order to pair of comedies and hospital drama.

Last Updated: October 23, 2009 @ 3:09 PM

NBC has picked up comedies "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" as well as the hourlong drama "Mercy," the network said Friday.

Angela Bromstad, president of primetime entertainment at NBC and Universal Media Studios, said each series had received a back-nine order.

Bromstad said the network is "pleased with the critical and audience reaction" to "Community," and praised "Parks and Recreation" as a "steady performer."

Of medical drama "Mercy," she said, “This drama has found a dedicated audience and continues to build in the ratings. We’ve seen future episodes and we’re confident ‘Mercy’ can be a strong player for us."

"Mercy" has averaged a 2.1 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers overall for the season, and has improved the network’s timeslot average in 18-49 31 percent from last season. It also has finished No. 1 in its timeslot in total viewers for its last three airings, NBC said.

“Community,” from Dan Harmon and Joe and Anthony Russo, is a Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap, Russo Brothers, Universal Media Studios production in association with Sony Pictures Television.

“Mercy” is from creator/executive producer Liz Heldens (NBC’s "Friday Night Lights"), executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts ("Pushing Daisies") and Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. It’s a production from BermanBraun and Universal Media Studios.

“Parks and Recreation,” from Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, is a production of Deedle-Dee Productions and Universal Media Studios.