TNT has renewed their Steven Bochco produced drama series Murder In The First for a second season, TVWise has learned.
The Turner owned broadcaster, whose President and Head of Programming Michael Wright recently stepped down, has ordered 10 episodes for the show’s second season, equal with the 10 episodes ordered for the freshman run of Murder In The First. The second season is expected to air on TNT next Summer.
Produced in-house by TNT Originals, Murder In The First was created by Bochco and was similar to his 90s show Murder One as its followed one murder case across the whole season. The first season follows San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) as they investigated two seemingly unrelated murders. The mystery deepened, however, when they found that both murders had a common denominator in a Silicon Valley wunderkind.
Across its first season, the series averaged more than 4.7 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, ranking as one of basic cable’s Top 10 series of the Summer. It also drew a sizeable audience on various platforms, reaching an average of 9.2 million viewers through live television viewing, DVR playback, set-top VOD and digital on-demand.
Murder In The First was one of three new originals launched by TNT this past Summer and is the second of those three to earn a renewal. The other series to earn a second season pick up was ratings hits The Last Ship, while TNT has yet to make a decision on the softer rated Sean Bean starrer Legends.