The gates at Arkham Asylum better opened up soon as more Gotham is on the way after Fox tacked on six additional episodes today to extend the freshman DC Comics-inspired drama to a full first season order of 22 total episodes.
The announcement came from Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. It was an easy decision to make considering Gotham drew 14.1 million total viewers over its first week of availability and has had over two million online streams of the premiere episode take place at Hulu and Fox Now.
Each of the two successive episodes past the premiere managed to reach a 4.0 rating in Live+3 ratings. That’s not too shabby considering it’s up against The Blacklist, Scorpion and ESPN Monday Night Football in its time slot.
“Gotham debuted as one of the most buzzed-about shows of the fall, and with good reason. Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have created an incredibly rich world, with characters that draw you in and a cast that brings to life these heroes and villains in a way we’ve never seen before,” Newman and Walden added in the announcement. “We are so excited to see where Bruno, Danny and the entire Gotham team take this story over the course of this season, and so thankful to all the fans who have embraced it this fall.”
The fourth episode of Gotham premieres tonight on Fox and is titled simply, ‘Arkham.’ Here’s the official synopsis: A contentious city council vote on the future of the Arkham district approaches, and politicians on both sides are in danger. Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Bullock (Donal Logue) must race to protect the council. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who has already been christened “The Penguin,” takes violent measures to further ingratiate himself with Maroni (guest star David Zayas), and an old friend pays Gordon a visit.