Lifetime's "Rita Rocks" will keep on rolling through a full season.
The cable channel has ordered seven more episodes of the sitcom, its first original prime-time comedy in a decade. That brings the total order to 20 episodes for "Rita," which stars Nicole Sullivan as a wife and mom who forms a garage band with a couple of friends.
The show is averaging just under a million viewers per episode, which isn't a world-beating number for cable series. "Rita" has, however, held or improved on the audience from its lead-in, "Reba," in five of its first six episodes.
"Having a nearly 100 percent audience retention rate is unheard of when launching a new comedy, but 'Rita Rocks' has achieved that feat," Lifetime's JoAnn Alfano says. "We are extremely happy with this early success."
The "Rita Rocks" cast also includes Tisha Campbell-Martin ("My Wife and Kids") and Ian Gomez ("Felicity") as Rita's bandmates, Richard Ruccolo ("Two Guys and a Girl") as her husband, and Natalie Dreyfuss and Kelly Gould as her kids. James Berg and Stan Zimmerman, veterans of "Gilmore Girls" and "Roseanne," created the show.
'Rita Rocks' On at Lifetime
The comedy series gets a full-season order
Nicole Sullivan of 'Rita Rocks'
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
Los Angeles Times welcomes civil dialogue about our stories; you must register with the site to participate. We filter comments for language and adherence to our Terms of Service, but not for factual accuracy. By commenting, you agree to these legal terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.
Having technical problems? Check here for guidance.