TV Guide is reporting that FOX sci-fi drama The Orville will have its 13-episode first season reduced to 12, with the show’s season finale now set for December 1st. However, the news isn’t an indictment of the show’s ratings, which have been solid in L+SD measurements and grow stronger when looking at non-linear data; the reasoning has to do with scheduling, as the network wants to get every episode in before the calendar hits 2018.
Additionally, the episode originally set for this season will instead be included in the show’s second season, which has already been ordered. It’s as yet unclear how long The Orville‘s second season will be, but the early renewal and inclusion of a season one episode could mean it will be longer than season one.
The Orville airs Thursdays at 9:00 on FOX.