Prepare to sink your "claws" into more of TNT's hit series. The cable network has given the green light to a third season of its original series Claws starring Niecy Nash, well before its current season has even finished airing and for good reason. According to TNT, Claws' second season is currently outpacing its first season, experiencing a nearly ten percent bump in viewership: nine percent to be exact. Claws is not the only series that will be around for another season.
Joining Claws for a new season renewal is the crime drama Animal Kingdom, which is also being given the go-ahead for more before its current season wraps. The TV adaptation of the critically lauded 2010 film is still going strong after nearly three seasons. Like Claws, TNT has made the decision in the wake of ratings the network is clearly pleased with. Both Animal Kingdom and Claws are ranked among the top ten cable dramas of 2018 per the network.
Given both series' impressive ratings feats, the decision to renew them was probably pretty easy to make. Making their rise all the more remarkable is that both Claws and Animal Kingdom have gained viewers in their follow-up seasons, when viewership usually trends down significantly. Word of mouth is arguably a huge component of both shows continuing to build an audience. And if their upward momentum continues, their latest seasons should add even more to their current numbers.
With a first season well-received by fans and critics, Claws has shown no indication of slowing down, given its rare avoidance of a sophomore slump. While Animal Kingdom, fresh off maintaining its quality, has built on its second season for a third season that is still performing well for TNT. Regarding digital viewership, Claws has doubled its views over last year's, while Animal Kingdom saw its digital audience increase four-fold from last year's views.
Adding to Claws and Animal Kingdom's impressive ratings trajectory is that both series air during the summer. With fewer fresh options to watch, both series have soaked up viewers wanting to enjoy something new. Along with the renewal news and ratings info, TNT also shares that both shows have people on social media talking. Both Claws and Animal Kingdom have engaging premises that are equipped with twists that leave viewers with lots to discuss with fellow fans. Thanks to the season renewals, they will have even more to talk about.
A premiere date has not been set for either series' return. Claws airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on TNT, while Animal Kingdom airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET. For new and returning television shows you can anticipate potentially viewing over the next couple months, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres. For more about each series, check out TNT's official website.