Falling Skies: TV Series Renewed for Season Two by TNT

Falling Skies season twoNoah Wyle and his Falling Skies castmates better get used to fighting aliens because it looks like they may be doing it for awhile.

Falling Skies debuted on June 19th with a two-hour episode that attracted 5.9 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The second episode fell to 4.2 million and a 1.5 demo rating. Last Sunday’s installment fell again to 4.1 million viewers and a 1.4 demo but those numbers were understandably depressed because of the holiday.

Regardless of the decline, TNT has faith in the series and has now ordered a second season of 10 episodes. They’ll kick off next summer.

Here’s the press release:

TNT Orders Second Wave of “Falling Skies,” Cable’s #1 New Series

Epic Series from DreamWorks Television and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, Starring Noah Wyle, Scores as Major Hit in U.S. and Abroad

TNT has renewed Falling Skies, cable’s #1 new series, for a second season. The epic saga about the aftermath of an all-out invasion by an alien military force has been a tremendous hit both domestically and internationally. Falling Skies, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), stars Noah Wyle and comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the second season, which is slated to air in summer 2012.

“Falling Skies is a true standout series, from its ambitious storytelling, high-profile cast and production team to its phenomenal success when it comes to international and time-shifted viewing,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’re reaching new audiences with Falling Skies and look forward to seeing where this fascinating and exciting series takes us next.”

Falling Skies takes place in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Tom Mason (Wyle), a Boston history professor and the father of three sons, must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as second in command of a regiment of resistance fighters protecting a large group of civilian survivors. Falling Skies also stars Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton and Drew Roy.

Falling Skies premiered in the U.S. on TNT Sunday, June 19, drawing an extraordinary Live + 7 audience of 8 million viewers and ranking it as cable’s top series launch of 2011. The premiere also garnered an impressive 3.8 million adults 18-49 and 4.5 million adults 25-54. Through its first three installments, Falling Skies has averaged more than 6.4 million viewers through a blend of live and time-shifted viewing.

Falling Skies is quickly becoming a global television sensation. In the opening stages of its rollout in more than 75 international markets, it has already drawn strong – and in some cases record – audience deliveries for networks airing it in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.

In addition to Spielberg, the first season of Falling Skies has been executive-produced by DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, Graham Yost and screenwriter Robert Rodat, who wrote the pilot from an idea he co-conceived with Spielberg. Mark Verheiden and Greg Beeman have served as co-executive producers.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy(R) winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; the Peabody Award-winning Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; Hawthorne, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas as The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting next year, Castle; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R); and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

What do you think? Are you glad that Falling Skies has been renewed or would you have cancelled it? What do you like or dislike about it?

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  1. Dan says

    Totally unbelievable characters and situations. Everyone’s acting like they just came out of a shopping center and suddenly, “Oh the world just came to an end and aliens turned my baby sister into a zombie. We’ll there goes my college scholarship but at least I get her room!” I used to live in a bad part of town and I know slimy gang bangers who could fight invading aliens better.

  2. mike says

    I respect the folks who like this. However, I was disappointed by the episode I watched. Too wooden and predicable If the aliens were given personalities, points of view, as in the Cylons on Battlestar Galactica we would have something.

  3. RNH says

    Good show worth watching. It’s a cross between War of the Worlds and BSG. A decent amount of action and so far good multiple plot lines. I’ll keep watching.

  4. TheDude says

    Did not like it. Saw it after Game of Thrones’ last episode, and now i compare everything to GoT so pretty much everything sucks – in this shows case id say sucks alot. If the main character (Hero, barf) and his kids would die id be a bit more interested. Loved Ned in GoT, hate this guy, so would actually not mind him dying.

  5. Rick Humphreys says

    Why the long wait between seasons? A whole year? People will forget about the show and it will flop!

  6. Bill says

    I cant see how this show is ranked so high. It started out slow & boring & when it does begin to get interesting, the season ended after only a few episodes. I’m not waiting till next summer for a show not worth remembering. And I’m a Sci-Fi fanatic.

  7. Jeff says

    This is the worst show I have ever seen. Talk about horrible graphics with a lousy plot. I was so hyped for this when it came out. After the third episode it was painful to watch. What a waist of a time slot.

  8. Kate says

    LOVE THIS SHOW! The only thing I am not happy about is waiting a year for another season. This show is awesome!

  9. Sherie says

    This show is friggin awesome!! Missed first two episodes so we caught it on demand n r hooked now. I agree it sucks to wait whole year for next season!

  10. Olman says

    I saw this show because I need something to replace after Game of Thrones… fell so disapointed… I love sci fi but this is not good. Hope to see something better @ session 2

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