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Fox announced it has ordered four additional episodes of its first-season comedy “The Mick,” the subject of a petition drive calling for its cancellation.

“The Mick” premiered on New Year’s Day, averaging 8.579 million viewers immediately following Fox’s NFL programming. Its second episode Jan. 3 averaged 3.374 million and third on Tuesday averaged 2.971 million.

Among viewers ages 18-49, the group targeted by Fox and coveted by advertisers, “The Mick” averaged 3.611 million viewers, 1.637 million and 1.49 million.

All figures are based on live-plus-same day figures released by Nielsen.

The television ratings website predicted following its second episode that “The Mick” was “more likely to be renewed than canceled” by May, based on a formula that evaluates its viewership compared to other series on Fox.

The additional episodes increase the order for “The Mick” to 17 episodes.

“The Mick” stars Kaitlin Olson as a woman Fox describes as an unapologetic degenerate who suddenly finds herself stuck raising her spoiled niece (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and nephews (Thomas Barbusca and Jack Stanton) in affluent Greenwich, Connecticut.

The announcement was made in connection with Fox’s portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, which is being held in Pasadena.

The National Organization for Marriage Education Fund began an online petition drive on Tuesday calling for the cancellation of “The Mick.” The petition received 5,348 electronic signatures as of Wednesday night.

“The values portrayed in this show are inimical to most Americans,” the petition reads. “Most alarming is the depiction of the youngest character as transgendered, a condition which is not a joking matter and should not be laughed at.

The portrayal of the same child in the very first episode with a bondage gag in his mouth shows that Fox is only concerned about getting cheap laughs, even at the cost of exploiting an innocent boy and making a joke out of sadistic sexual abuse and depravity.”

There was no immediate response to an email to Fox seeking comment.

The National Organization for Marriage Education Fund is an arm of the National Organization for Marriage. The fund seeks to protect marriage, engages in pro-marriage education and research, makes information resources available to clergy, scholars, political leaders, and activists across the nation.

“We are disappointed that Fox is ordering more episodes and we will continue to raise signatures and put pressure on the network and its sponsors calling for the show’s cancellation,” Joseph Grabowski, the director of communications for the Washington-based National Organization for Marriage, told City News Service.

—City News Service

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