NBC has ordered seven additional episodes of its hit dating reality series “Meet My Folks,” it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment.

The series was the number-three show of the summer among adults 18-49 with an average of a 5.2 rating and a 14 share, and has scored impressive ratings since its return to NBC this week with a special three-episode arc in which eight women compete for a trip to Europe with one man. The first episode received a series-record rating of 6.7 and a 16 share among adults 18-49 when it premiered on Monday, January 20, and the second episode dominated the 10-11 p.m. hour when it aired on Tuesday, January 21 with a 5.6 rating and a 14 share. The Monday rating is NBC's highest in that hour with non-sports programming since May 3, 1999 and the Tuesday rating matched the network's top non-sports figure there since Oct. 2, 2001. The final episode of the three-parter will air in its regular day and time of Saturday, January 25 (10-11 p.m. ET).

Upcoming “Meet My Folks” shows will feature several new twists and special themes, including a “Meet My Kids” episode in which three grown sons get to pick the best man for their single mom, and a special show in which three sets of identical twins compete for a trip to Hawaii with one man. Making a return appearance on the show will be Giancarlo Maniaci, whose appearance as a contestant on the show last summer generated so much viewer mail that he was asked back to the show, but this time, three women will compete to win a trip with him.

Viewers of the top-rated series can also expect to see more interactions outside of the parents’ homes. In an episode airing February 1, the parents of Melana Scantlin take her three suitors to a comedy club, where they’re shocked to discover they’re the first set - and each has to get up and perform a five-minute comedy routine with no preparation. On the February 8 episode, Jack Barnes surprises the three men trying to court his daughter, Jacquelyn, with an early morning jaunt to go skydiving. Upcoming episodes will also feature more outrageous “secret tasks,” more shocking revelations about each player’s past and the notorious “lie-detector” tests.

"Meet My Folks" is from NBC Studios and Nash Entertainment. Bruce Nash ("World's Most Amazing Videos") and Scott Satin ("The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments," "Extreme Gong Show") are executive producers.