EXCLUSIVE: Despite suffering some ratings declines on BBC One in recent weeks, it looks like Hunted will indeed make it to a second season. I’ve learned that British screen writer Claire Wilson has been added to the writing staff of the Kudos Film & TV spy drama for a potential second season. Wilson, repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School and is perhaps best known in the industry for her original screenplay Breathe, which ranked fifth on The Brit List 2010.
In addition to Wilson, TVWise reported in September that Ben Harris had been hired by Kudos to serve on the writing staff for season two, which would again be led by series creator/showrunner Frank Spotnitz. However, as mentioned in our previous report on Ben Harris joining the writing team, Hunted has yet to actually receive a second season pick up. Even so, insiders tell me that, despite the ratings talk that has been surfacing of late, they are optimistic that the series will see a second season. With one such insider recently telling me that “they wouldn’t have given the ok for additional hires unless they considered a second season renewal to be highly likely.” Another source tells me, “as far as a renewal goes – we’re talking about it now, it’s still in early stages. But we’re all feeling good, we should know for sure within the next two or three weeks.”
The show’s ratings performance certainly doesn’t preclude a second season pick up. Despite suffering ratings declines on BBC One of late, Hunted has consistently won its 9pm time-slot on Thursday nights and has proven itself to be a big gainer in the consolidated ratings (the show’s first episode saw an up-lift of 27% while episodes two and three saw uplifts of 32%). Meanwhile, over in the US, a lot has been made of the raw numbers that the series has been pulling in for Cinemax in its Friday night 10pm time-slot (the show’s first episode pulled in 0.25 million viewers in live+same day, while episode two pulled in 0.16 million viewers). However, it should be noted that, as a premium cable network, it is the overall audience that Cinemax are interested in as opposed to just those watching at 10pm. The network will ultimately look at the up-lift from the numerous encores of the episodes and Cinemax’s on-demand video service ‘Max Go’ when deciding on the future of the series.