Although History is a network best known for its documentaries and reality shows, it has gotten more into original series in recent years. The military combat drama Six debuted in mid-January, and it follows a group of elite Navy SEALs as they work to eliminate a Taliban leader. Only six episodes have aired so far, but History is already confident enough in its new original that it has officially ordered a second season.
History have given a larger order for Six Season 2. The second season will run for a total of ten episodes, which is two longer than the first season. All things considered, it's not hard to see why the network evidently has a great deal of faith in the season. Six is currently ranked as the top new cable series of 2017 in total viewers based on Live+same day calculations.
The first six episodes of Six drew an average of 1.6 million viewers and a 0.39 in the valuable 18-49 age demographic in Live+same day numbers. Those numbers aren't especially impressive when compared to most broadcast series and the bigger returning cable series, but they're respectable for a freshman program on History. It should also be noted that the average of 0.39 is not skewed due to one episode of incredibly high ratings. Although the series premiere was the highest-rated episode with a 0.48 in the 18-49 demo, the next five episodes were very consistent. The consistency bodes well for the future of the series; if viewers are tuning in and sticking around, History could have a major hit in Six.
In addition to the consistency of ratings, Six has experienced significant growth in viewership once DVR and streaming numbers can be taken into account. The 1.6 million viewers from Live+same day jumps to 2.9 million viewers in Live+3 day calculations.
It's hard to say what exactly has worked so well for viewers with Six. I'm guessing that the realism of the missions tackled by the Navy SEALs plays a part. The missions in the show are inspired by real missions that actual Navy SEALs completed. Fortunately for those of us who like some extra character development with our action, the show focuses on more than just the SEALs' action in the field. It also gives looks at their personal lives and what keeps them grounded when they're far from home.
The second season of Six is set to begin production this summer. We can't say at this point which members of the cast will or will not be back for Season 2, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in cable TV news. Don't forget to check out History on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET to see new episodes. Be sure to take a gander at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else you can watch on the small screen, and have a look at our Netflix TV premiere schedule to see what you can stream while you wait for Six Season 2.
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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