Showtime Adds Extra ‘Franchise' Episodes

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Showtime has picked up an additional two episodes of its baseball series The Franchise, bringing the full order to eight episodes.

The network's original lineup called for a spring training preview special, plus six episodes of the reality series chronicling the San Francisco Giants as they attempt to defend their 2010 World Series championship.

Showtime said Tuesday it opted for the extra episodes to get the series through August because the Giants' season is "hanging in the balance."
The Franchise is averaging about 760,000 weekly viewers in its rookie season, according to a network spokesperson.