CBS has renewed their latest summer series Zoo for a second season, the network announced on Friday. 13 episodes have been ordered for the show’s sophomore season, which is set to premiere in 2016.
“Zoo‘s thrilling stories clicked with audiences each week during a very competitive summer”, said Glenn Geller, President of Entertainment for CBS. “We’re excited for viewers to see where our talented writers and cast take them as the adventure continues to unfold … in the ultimate fight of man vs. beast.”
Zoo is described as a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, the story becomes a race to unlock the mystery of the global pandemic before it’s too late. The drama series is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder.
The James Patterson adaptation has been a decent enough ratings performer for CBS and was the highest rated of the networks three Summer scripted dramas, with an average audience of 6.4 million viewers. The show’s first season finale, which aired last month, drew a tick under 5 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the A18-49 demo. While that was down somewhat from the 8 million viewers/1.2 A18-49 who tuned into the series premiere, it was up on the finales of both Under The Dome and Extant.
Truthfully, however, the lucrative Amazon deal CBS has in place for all of its Summer series into 2018 meant that, ratings aside, Zoo was already generating a profit for the network – boosting its chances of renewal from day one. Of the networks two other summer series: Under The Dome has already ended its run, while CBS execs are still considering whether the 2016 Summer schedule would be best served with a third season of Extant or an entirely new series.