‘UnReal’ Scores Early Season 4 Pickup & More Renewals

For those worried UnReal was on shaky ground due to Lifetime pushing back its Season 3 premiere from summer to early 2018, fear not. Lifetime is still fully behind the acclaimed series. The network greenlit the Bachelor-inspired drama for a fourth season months before it returns for its third. The show was most likely postponed so the network could pair it up with its new thriller, You, produced by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble.

Season 2 of UnReal averaged a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 505,000 viewers for its initial airings. That was down some from its performance the year before when it generated a 0.3 and 699,000. The show routinely doubled its 18-49 rating with delayed viewing.

The network also renewed Mary Kills People starring Caroline Dhavernas for a Season 2. The Canadian-produced show which follows an ER doctor helping terminally ill people end their lives was renewed in early June by Global where it airs in Canada.

Lifetime wasn’t the only network in a giving mood. TNT, TBS and SyFy also gave the go-ahead to some programs.

Animal Kingdom showed growth during its second season. Not surprisingly, it was greenlit for a Season 3. Currently it’s averaging 4.8 million viewers per episode across TNT platforms. That’s a +73% increase in viewing through TNT’s website, mobile apps and connected devices, as well as a +11% lift in DVR viewing. The series ranks as one of basic cable’s Top 10 returning dramas among Adults 18-49 for the year-to-date.

“The Cody family’s drama keeps bringing more and more viewers back for more,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Animal Kingdom has earned its place among a very select group of cable dramas that continue to grow audiences thanks to superior writing and storytelling.”

Angie Tribeca, airing on TBS, will be back for a fourth run. Like Animal Kingdom, it also grew in viewership for its latest season. It averaged a 0.3 in adults 18-49 (up a tick from 0.25) and 566,000 viewers for its first run.

Lastly, Wynonna Earp received a Season 3 order from SyFy. It’s expected to return in 2018.

“Fans have been passionately embracing WYNONNA EARP since its debut,” said Ozer. “SYFY recognized that passion and when coupled with superior writing, acting, directing and production values, saw that WYNONNA EARP was more than just a distinctly unique television series. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with SYFY and look forward to another fun season of incredible entertainment with the cast and crew of WYNONNA EARP.”

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