August 1, 2011

ABC Family has announced that it has picked up a full first season of Switched at Birth, ordering 22 more episodes of the freshman series. The show debuted back in June with an initial 10 episodes, and will return for the rest of its newly-ordered season in early 2012.

“Viewers have fallen in love with this show, just as we did when we first saw it,” said network president Michael Riley in a press release. “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.”

Switched at Birth follows two girls who find out that they were mistakenly given to the wrong parents as newborns. Since its premiere, the series has been ranking as ABC Family's Number 2 freshman season ever in total viewers and key demographics.

The show's summer finale airs Monday, August 8.

(Source: TV by the Numbers)