AMC’s revolution will continue: The network has picked up a second season of Turn. The Revolutionary War drama will get another 10 episodes despite airing to modest ratings this year (about 2 million viewers watched, including DVR playback). AMC hopes to, well, turn things around by pairing encores of the first season with Hell on Wheels on Saturday nights this summer to hopefully grow the show’s audience (AMC’s Breaking Bad famously launched to low ratings, then grew every year and eventually went out very strong).
“Craig Silverstein, Barry Josephson and a talented cast and crew delivered a truly distinctive and engaging premiere season. We look forward to continuing this revolutionary journey into season two,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “AMC and its creative partners have a track record of nurturing programs we collectively believe in, patiently growing viewership and engagement over time. With Turn, once again, we dive in with our partners to build upon this very promising first season.”
AMC’s other first-year series, the 1980s-set computer industry drama Halt and Catch Fire, is much less likely to receive another season order. Last week’s episode only had 765,000 viewers for its Sunday premiere airing. Last week AMC went double-down on upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul by ordering a second season before the first has premiered early next year.