Perception: Renewed for Season Two

Perception season two renewal from TNTTNT has renewed their freshman TV series, Perception, for a second season of 13 episodes. They’re expected to begin airing sometime in 2013.

Starring Eric McCormack, the show debuted on July 9th to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.6 million total viewers. The ratings have come down since then but the five episodes that have aired thus far have averaged a 0.8 in the demo with 4.66 million.

There are five installments yet to come with the season finale slated for September 17th.

Here’s the press release about season two:

TNT Renews Hit Drama “Perception,” One of Basic Cable’s Top New Series of 2012

TNT has ordered a second season of Perception, the hit Monday night drama starring Emmy(R) and Screen Actors Guild Award(R) winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?). Perception comes to TNT from ABC Studios and currently ranks second behind TNT’s Major Crimes among basic cable’s top new scripted series for the year-to-date. The network has ordered 13 episodes for season two, which is slated to air in 2013.

“Perception has captured the imagination of TNT’s audience of armchair detectives with wonderfully intricate cases, emotionally charged situations and, of course, a terrific cast led by Eric McCormack,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Daniel Pierce is a truly unique and fascinating addition to television’s pantheon of crime solvers. We look forward to seeing where Perception takes us next.”

TNT’s Perception, which airs Mondays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), centers on Dr. Daniel Pierce (McCormack), an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on her cases. The cast also includes Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow) as Max Lewicki, Pierce’s teaching assistant, and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) as Natalie Vincent, Daniel’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) plays Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce’s friend.

Perception was created by executive producer Ken Biller (Star Trek: Voyager, Smallville) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Enterprise). In addition to starring in the series, McCormack serves as producer.

In its first season, Perception is averaging 7 million viewers (Live + 7), with 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 2.3 million adults 25-54. The July 9 series premiere of Perception ranks third behind the Aug. 13 premiere of Major Crimes and the June 13 premiere of TNT’s Dallas on the list of this year’s top series debuts on cable. The season finale of Perception is set for mid-September.

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About ABC Studios

ABC Studios, part of ABC Entertainment Group, develops and produces compelling programming for both broadcast network and cable television as well as digital platforms. ABC Studios has delivered some of the most successful, talked-about and evolutionary series on television such as Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Criminal Minds, Army Wives, Once Upon a Time, Scandal and Revenge.

About TNT

TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Perception, Major Crimes, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer’s The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (working title) and 72 Hours (working title). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R); blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

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

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Perception has been renewed for a second season?

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56 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Loreta Dubaldi says

    Love It-Eric McCormack is great! He’s very realistic in depicting a person who has schizophrenia. He is a true actor. As well as his colleaugues-are very good as well.

  2. Laurie says

    Perception is one of the BEST shows out there!!! Can’t wait for season 2! Always look forward to that show!!!!!!!!!

  3. Patsy says

    I think all actors in this series are so very talented and so suited for their roles. It’s hard to get a group of actors together that mell as one for a TV show. I have enjoyed every episode and I’m watching the reruns again for the sheer joy of watching the inter-play between the characters. Please keep this going. It’s a refreshing show with a different twist on crime.

    • Anonymous says

      This new series has had me on edge since its pilot. I watch every episod.. anxiously waiting season two.. Character Daniel’s unique situation is dear to myr

  4. Cheri W. says

    Love the show! Extremely relieved to know there will be a season two. I am in hopes of it being around for several seasons. Eric McCormack is amazing! Great supporting cast member s as well.

  5. Nancy says

    I have loved this show from the very first episode. I’m thrilled that it will be returning — it can’t be quick enough. Its plot and character development has been very responsibly done, without making “Daniel” and his illess into a ridiculous joke as the Monk writers did. Kudos to the writers (or kudzu, as I live in the south)!

  6. Joanne Diabo says

    I have watched this program from the very beginning and I love every episode.
    Cannot wait for the new season to begin. By the way, when is the new episode airing?

  7. Kathy Pearce says

    Our household loved the Perception series and are so HAPPY to know it will be returning with new shows. Looking forward to seeing Perception More and MORE!

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