A&E has renewed Bates Motel for a third season for 10 episodes. Production will begin this fall.
Season two is currently airing on the cable channel and is averaging 2.33 million viewers each week. That’s down about 15% when compared to the first season’s viewership average.
Here are the details:
A&E GREENLIGHTS HIT ORIGINAL SERIES “BATES MOTEL” FOR A THIRD SEASON
NETWORK ORDERS 10 EPISODES FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS CARLTON CUSE AND KERRY EHRIN
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 7, 2014 – A&E Network has picked up a third season of the critically acclaimed original series “Bates Motel,” it was announced today by David McKillop, Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E Network.
“The incredible writing team and talented ‘Bates Motel’ cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television,” said McKillop. “The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. We are so proud of the show.”
Season two premiered on March 3rd with 4.6 million total viewers and delivered 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54 (based on Live+7 viewing). “Bates Motel” continues to be A&E’s #1 drama series of all time among adults 18-49.
Season three of “Bates Motel” will begin production this fall on 10 episodes.
“Bates Motel” is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, and gives viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. Series stars Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman.
New episodes of season two of “Bates Motel” currently air every Monday at 10PM/ET.
“Bates Motel” is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions respectively.
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