ABC Family Orders 22 Episodes Of 'Switched At Birth'

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ABC Family has ordered an additional 22 episodes of its original series Switched at Birth for its full first series order, Michael Riley, president, ABC Family announced Monday.

The series, which will air its summer finale on August 8, will return in early 2012. It has become ABC Family's second-most-watched show, trailing only The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

"Viewers have fallen in love with this show, just as we did when we first saw it," said Riley in announcing the order. "We set out this year to bring viewers more original content than ever before, all with the trademarks of our bright, authentic, quality storytelling. We're so thrilled to see this series become a break-out hit this summer and become a key component of our programming lineup into next year."