FX’s neo-vampire bio-terror drama The Strain is coming back next summer. The gory apocalyptic drama from producers Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse has just received a 13-episode renewal.
“I am thrilled!” said del Toro, who directed the pilot and co-wrote the The Strain books with Chuck Hogan Another season to spread the virus. Working with Carlton, Chuck and FX has been immensely rewarding and we have such sights to unveil in the upcoming episodes—the blood hits the fan on this one, mankind becomes an endangered species.”
The pickup is not remotely surprising given the show’s ratings. The Strain has averaged 4.5 million viewers for first-run episodes, including DVR playback. That number jumps to 11 million viewers across if you fold in repeats, On Demand and online viewership. Among adults ages 18 to 49, FX claims the show is the highest-rated new basic cable drama of 2014. “We’ve never had any doubts about The Strain,” said FX Networks CEO John Landgraf. “It is thrilling when you have a show that is a creative and commercial hit, which is a rare accomplishment in this increasingly crowded marketplace. We look forward having it on FX for as long as Carlton, Guillermo and Chuck Hogan need to tell this epic tale.”
Seven episodes remain of the Sunday night drama’s debut season, which will debut on home video on Dec. 2.