AMC has renewed the Revolutionary War drama series “Turn: Washington’s Spies” for a third season amid positive reviews and low ratings.
The renewal was largely because of the growth the series showed in the 10-episode second season, president of AMC and Sundance TV Charlie Collier said. In live plus 7 ratings, the viewership rose from 1.6 million at the start of season 2 to 1.74 million by the finale aired on June 8, as reported by Variety.
Collier said, “We loved what we saw creatively from the Turn: Washington’s Spies team in season two, and the show achieved something that is increasingly rare in television today – a growing audience during the season. Turn’ continues to attract a dedicated and distinctively upscale audience across multiple platforms, and it has carved out a meaningful space in AMC’s ‘eclectic by design’ programming palette. We look forward to working with Craig Silverstein, Barry Josephson, the expanded cast and entire Turn team on season three.”
“Turn: Washington’s Spies” has earned the recognition of the third most affluent drama series in the adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 categories in the 2014-2015 season. Turn follows AMC’s “Mad Men” and FX’s “The Americans.”
As compared to season 1, viewership grew by 19 percent in adults 18-49 category and by 20 percent in the adults 25-54 category. Overall, the second season attracted double the number of views from its preceding season.
“Turn” was part of AMC’s new Monday night originals line-up that included the follow-up to “Breaking Bad”, “Better Call Saul,” and historical drama “Making of the Mob: New York,” as reported by ComingSoon.net.
The series stars Jamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull, Ian Kahn as George Washington, Seth Numrich as Ben Tallmadge, Daniel Henshall as Caleb Brewster, Heather Lind as Anna Strong, Kevin R. McNally as Judge Richard Woodhull, JJ Feild as Major John André, and Samuel Roukin as Captain John Simcoe, among others.
Collier added that AMC strives to maintain diversity in its shows, with “Turn,” “Hell on Wheels” the science fiction “Humans” and “The Walking Dead.”
“We always want to send a strong signal to the creative community that we will lean in to a diverse slate of stories,” Collier said.
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