When NBC announced that they were going to release most of the first season of Aquarius online before the episodes had aired on the network, some speculated that they’d given up on the series.
Not so. Today, NBC announced that the David Duchovny series had been renewed for a second season.
Here’s the press release:
NBC ORDERS SECOND SEASON FOR DAVID DUCHOVNY DRAMA “AQUARIUS”
Strong Digital Performance Is Key in Bringing Back Well-Reviewed Series
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 25, 2015 – NBC has given a second-season renewal for its 1960’s-themed drama “Aquarius,” starring David Duchovny as an LAPD cop on the hunt for Charles Manson, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.
The critically acclaimed drama made TV history in May as the first broadcast series to be streamed in its entirety following its debut, with NBC making all 12 “Aquarius” episodes available online for the four weeks following its intial NBC telecast.
Salke commented, “With its riveting drama and innovative release strategy, ‘Aquarius’ has excited the critics, hooked millions of viewers and energized our summer. It’s no secret that the way people watch television is evolving, so we took a unique approach to how we delivered ‘Aquarius’ and it’s driven some record numbers for NBC Digital and helped us reach viewers who might have otherwise overlooked a great summer drama.”
Added Robert Hayes, Executive Vice President of NBC Entertainment Digital, “Beyond generating some truly impressive view totals, the network’s unique release strategy with ‘Aquarius’ has helped us gain new insights into viewership patterns, binging behavior and social engagement, significantly expanding our knowledge of how people are watching our shows online.”
Reviewing “Aquarius,” which has been nominated for a Critic’s Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series, the New York Times wrote, “Unusual choices can be found throughout ‘Aquarius,’ and they are part of what makes this drama so good.” Matt Roush at TV Guide added, “I took the 13-hour deep dive, emerging entertained, unsettled, and wanting more… a sardonic treat… ” And Variety said “Aquarius” “… Kick(s) off summer with a provocative, cable-like gamble.”
“Aquarius” delivered the most-watched first 24 hours for a summer series premiere ever on NBC.com and the NBC App. With the surge in viewership generated by “Aquarius,” NBC Digital (NBC.com, the NBC app and Hulu) went on to log its biggest summer weekend ever.
Through 28 days, it’s the #2 most-viewed drama premiere ever on NBC.com and the NBC App, behind only “The Blacklist.”
Social media has seen a surge of viewers asking for season two of “Aquarius,” with that steady stream of requests starting the morning after of the show’s digital premiere.
NBC broadcasts of “Aquarius” are averaging a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.8 million viewers overall in “most current” results from Nielsen Media Research.
Across all platforms, the May 28 premiere of “Aquarius” grew by +91% in the seven days after its linear debut in adults 18-49, from a 1.05 rating in “live plus same day” Nielsens for the NBC telecast to a 2.01 across all platforms after seven days. DVR time-shifting has also been substantial for “Aquarius,” with the series growing by an average of +31% in adult 18-49 rating going from its next-day “live plus same day” rating to its “live plus three day” results and by 1.1 million viewers overall.
“Aquarius” is also delivering an upscale audience, indexing at a 105 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes, “most current” including L+3).
“Aquarius” also stars Emma Dumont, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony and Claire Holt.
Writer John McNamara (“In Plain Sight”) serves as executive producer with Marty Adelstein (“Prison Break”), David Duchovny and Melanie Greene. “Aquarius” is a production of Tomorrow Studios, a joint partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios.
What do you think? Do you like the Aquarius TV show? Are you glad that it’s been renewed for a second season or, do you think it should have been cancelled instead?
I am thrilled it has been renewed. I’m 65 and remember all that 60’s stuff…great blast from the past for me. Done with a creative paradigm shift.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show!!! So glad it’s been renewed . Way to go NBC!
Were sooo happy Aquarius has been renewed YAY LOVE this show and all the actors 🙂 Thank you NBC 🙂
Great show. Great cast. One of the best shows on TV this season. I’m hooked.
Best show on television right now. Suspense is great as are the actors. Love it
Just love it. David Duchivny is fantastic!
Great new show! I love watching it and can’t wait for Season 2. I was only a baby in the 70’s so it’s interesting watching the way things were during that time from the racial intolerance to the crooked police investigations, etc. Very interesting.
I love watching David D..
the rest suck…except blonde female cop…
I cannot stand that the girls are so stupid that follow the a hole, Charley.
there has to be some girls that see the light.
And Charley gets away with too much…painful to watch.
Regarding the ‘girls’ that followed Charley, that’s all you ever heard about in the news but human nature being what it is, i’m sure there were girl who went through “the Family” and left it alone and moved on. I lived through that era and remember hearing about it on the news when it happened, and when the police figured out who did it, the Manson family people, and they decided to charge Charley with it even though he wasn’t present at the killings and i don’t think he was ever arrested or convicted of any violent crime, but because… Read more »
I think NBC is wasting their time and money on this show. It is trying way to hard to be a unique show and failing abysmally. They have two main plots (the part about Manson and the cops solving other crimes) which means that both plots are sprend a little thin. Plus, to be frank, it is incredibly boring and the writing isn’t all that great. The only positive thing about the show is that they at least seem to have gotten the fashion of the time, as well as the atmosphere fairly accurate.
Best new show…so glad to see David back in action! Lines are so well written on this show.
I watched the first episode and was a little bored. The next week I was even more bored with nothing to watch during the summer, and started watching several episodes a day. I was done with the show in 4 days, and I was left with wanting more. I am very glad that I gave it a real chance, and even more glad that NBC is giving it a second season. Well, done, NBC!
I have watched the show from beginning. I thought alittle on dark side but you get hooked. Acting is really good and you keep watching to see what will happen next. And well if you grew up in the 60 and 70’s. , like I did, you can’t help but to keep watching. Hope storyline continues to keep our interest
Love this show. I have watched all the episodes On Demand. I am thrilled it has been renewed.
I can’t believe they are renewing it I find it to be very obnoxious dark and not very nice show to watch I certainly won’t be watching it and I hope many people wont its just gorey and hard to follow.
Its kinda boring. I really thought it was going to only be a six week show. I thought it was a mini movie about the events & not the same old typical drama TV crud. Same with Hannibal, just boring chitchat. Not that I want gore, but something would be a change from typical TV crud.
After the first two eps the show was far from bonging. David and the rest of the cast are wonderful
Nancy – the show is not dark, it’s what really happened in 1967. If you could look a little closer or open your mind; you’ll see It’s more of a character study of the police at that time and how women & Latinos were suppressed. OPEN YOUR MIND NANCY, maybe you’ll enjoy it.
Um, i’ve been watching the show since the beginning, i haven’t seen any gore, what gore? You mean the occasional violence, typical of prime time dramas, like Law & Order SVU, Chicago PD, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Criminal Minds, NCIS LA, etc etc etc? The violence level is normal at most. The actual Manson family murders in real life were definitely gory, but so far, that isn’t a part of the TV story, i think it takes place a year or two before. If you think this show has a lot gore, you must not watch much… Read more »
I am sooooooo thrilled to hear this awesome news. This show is super great, TY NBC
Thank you Michele Richards, I agree! …..some people…………do not, I’m just glad NBC was smart enough to see that.