TNT has renewed genre series The Last Ship for a third season, TVWise has learned. The network has ordered 13 episodes for the show’s third season, matching the size of the order for season two. Season three is expected to premiere next Summer.
The Last Ship picks up in the wake of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now, Captain Tom Chandler and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.
The series is based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley and was developed for television by Hank Steinberg and Steve Kane. The Platinum Dunes produced series stars Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy), Rhona Mitra (Strike Back), Adam Baldwin (Chuck), Travis Van Winkle (Heart of Dixie), Charles Parnell (Pariah), Christina Elmore (Fruitvale Station), Sam Spruell (Snow White and The Huntsman) and Marissa Neitling (Leverage).
The Last Ship was developed under former network President Michael Wright and was part of a move towards edgier fare (which has accelerated under new President Kevin Reilly). The show quickly became a ratings hit in its first season, averaging an L7 audience of more than seven million viewers and ranking as last Summer’s #1 scripted series on basic cable.
Though overnight ratings have slipped slightly in season two, The Last Ship remains one of the network’s better performing series. Between L7s and multi-platform plays, TNT said that season two has been averaging north of nine million viewers. The Last Ship is also basic cable’s #1 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54 and ranks as one of the the Top 3 with adults 18-49 and total viewers.
The third season pick up for The Last Ship comes shortly after the network renewed Rizzoli & Isles for a 13 episode seventh season. Renewals for a number of TNT’s other dramas are currently being worked out, with Major Crimes and Murder In The First closest to scoring pick ups. The fate of Proof, on the other hand, is less certain. Execs have been touting the multi-platform and L7 increases, but a renewal is far from guaranteed.