‘Billions’ & ‘Taboo’ Receive Renewals From Showtime & FX Respectively

A couple of cable dramas received good news Wednesday.

With only three episodes of its second season aired, Billions has been renewed for a third season. The news comes as the Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis drama had its best showing of Season 2 this past Sunday. With a week of DVR and on-demand, the first two episodes averaged a 0.5 and 1.54 million viewers.

“‘Billions’ continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance,” Showtime president and CEO David Nevins says in a statement. “It offers a unique mix of pure entertainment with sly commentary on our current have/have-not economy. Season 2 is off to a tremendous start and has only whetted our audience’s appetite for what will come in Season 3.”

Over on FX, Taboo, which stars Tom Hardy, has been a solid ratings performer and also received favorable reviews. Not surprisingly, the network renewed it for Season 2. Hardy plays a man who returns to London after a decade presumed dead. He attempts to claim his inheritance but faces opposition from enemies.

“‘Taboo’s’ first season was exceptional, and its success on FX is testament to the creative excellence and dedication of the producers, cast and crew,” FX’s Eric Schrier says in a statement. “We are proud to again join BBC One and Sonar Entertainment in partnering with Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker on the second season.”

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