AMC has handed a 10-episode Season 3 renewal to its ratings-challenged Revolutionary war drama Turn.
The cabler’s chief Charlie Collier noted that the renewal was a recognition of the show’s creative power and the growth it demonstrated across the 10-episode Season 2 run.
Full press release:
AMC CONTINUES THE REVOLUTION WITH A THIRD SEASON OF “TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES”
SERIES RANKS AS THE THIRD MOST AFFLUENT DRAMA AMONG ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS 25-54 IN LIVE+7 RATINGS
NEW YORK, NY – July 15, 2015 – AMC today announced that “TURN: Washington’s Spies” has been renewed for a third season of 10 episodes to air in 2016. The Revolutionary War period drama delivered an average of 1.6 million viewers in its second season and helped open up a new night of original programming for AMC on Monday, along with “Better Call Saul” and “The Making of The Mob: New York.”
“We loved what we saw creatively from the ‘TURN: Washington’s Spies’ team in season two, and the show achieved something that is increasingly rare in television today – a growing audience during the season,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV. “‘TURN’ continues to attract a dedicated and distinctively upscale audience across multiple platforms, and it has carved out a meaningful space in AMC’s ‘eclectic by design’ programming palette. We look forward to working with Craig Silverstein, Barry Josephson, the expanded cast and entire ‘TURN’ team on season three.”
“TURN: Washington’s Spies” ranks as the third most affluent scripted drama among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 on ad-supported television in the 2014-2015 season, behind only AMC’s “Mad Men” and FX’s “The Americans.” Among the affluent audience, season two of “TURN: Washington’s Spies” was up 20% among adults 18-49 and 19% among adults 25-54 versus season one. The show’s second season also saw a significant increase in TVE with 1.2 million total views – double the number from season one (554,000).
The show’s social media community has also seen growth, increasing its Twitter followers during season 2 by 70% over last season and its Facebook followers by 26%, with a significant spike in social conversation in mid-June around a fan-led #RenewTURN Twitter campaign.
Season two of “TURN: Washington’s Spies” has achieved very favorable audience scores on both Rotten Tomatoes (97%) and IMDb (8.0 out of 10), and also drew critical praise, including this small sampling of reactions to the series:
· “As lavish and well-acted as ever and promising more intricate intrigues.” -Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
· “Newcomers to the series…can just let the pleasures of this handsome and well-acted period piece wash over them.” -Nancy Dewolf Smith, Wall Street Journal
· “A good, solid, intelligent, well-made show.” -Verne Gay, Newsday
· “Like Abe though, the series is moving with increased confidence and ingenuity and like his cause, this season looks like a winner.” -Christine Seghers, IGN
Season 2 Performance Averages for “TURN: Washington’s Spies” (Live+7)
· Total viewers: 1.6 million (+103% growth from Live+Same Day)
· Adults 25-54: 724,000 (+135% growth from Live+Same Day)
· Adults 18-49: 643,000 (+133% growth from Live+Same Day)
An AMC Studios production, “TURN: Washington’s Spies” is executive produced by Craig Silverstein (“Nikita”), who also serves as showrunner, and Barry Josephson (“Bones,” Enchanted) from Josephson Entertainment, and is based on the book Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose, who served as a consultant for the first season and joined the writing staff for season two. The series stars Jamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull, Ian Kahn as George Washington, Seth Numrich as Ben Tallmadge, Daniel Henshall as Caleb Brewster, Heather Lind as Anna Strong, Kevin R. McNally as Judge Richard Woodhull, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull, Burn Gorman as Major Hewlett, Angus Macfadyen as Robert Rogers, JJ Feild as Major John André, Samuel Roukin as Captain John Simcoe, Ksenia Solo as Peggy Shippen and Owain Yeoman as Benedict Arnold. “TURN: Washington’s Spies” is distributed internationally by Entertainment One Television (eOne) through an exclusive multi-year output agreement.