The Purge has been given a second season order by the USA Network. The series, which finishes its first season tonight, will be back to showcase another 12 hour period where all crime is legal in the United States. The show is averaging 2.3 million viewers an episode when you factor in the Live+7 numbers, and is the highest-rated drama series on the USA Network.
USA President Chris McCumber had this to say about the series renewal in a press release:
“USA Network is so proud to be the television home for the iconic franchise The Purge,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, in a release announcing the news. “The partnership and creative trust of Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured The Purge’s successful transition from film to TV – and, along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in Season 2.”
Jason Blum seems excited as well, from that same release:
“James Demonaco has done it again — the propulsive and compelling story he crafted for Season 1 of The Purge truly resonated with audiences in a significant way,” said Jason Blum. “We are thrilled to embark on Season 2, and can’t wait to bring more of James’ vision to USA and fans of The Purge.”
This first season has had its ups and downs, and hopefully they can correct them in a second season. Not every character’s storyline needs to last the entire season, and if they trim a couple episodes and edit a bit more they may have a much tighter narrative on their hands. This first season dragged pretty badly in the middle, and that has everything to do with the amount of episodes we are given.
The Purge season one finale airs tonight, November 6th at 10 PM on the USA Network.