TNT is doubling-down on The Last Ship.
Mere months after renewing the Sunday night genre series for a fourth season, the network has extended that renewal and also ordered a fifth season. After previously announcing that season four would consist of 13 episodes, TNT has revised the episode order and confirmed that both seasons four and five will be ten episodes long.
“The Last Ship has taken viewers on an exciting ride through three truly thrilling seasons, said Sarah Aubrey, Executive Vice-President of Original Programming for TNT. “We look forward to watching the cast and production team ratchet up the drama, action and suspense even more over the next two seasons through summer 2018.”
One of the few holdovers from Michael Wright’s days when TNT was targeting a much broader audience, The Last Ship has been a solid performer for the network and ranks as one of their highest rated series, behind only fello holdover Major Crimes. Season-to-date the show’s third season, which comes to a close this Sunday, has been averaging a multi-platform audience of 7.1 million viewers and and ranks as one of basic cable’s Top 10 summer dramas with adults 18-49.
With this additional renewal, TNT only has a couple of shows from their Summer schedule that have yet to be renewed or cancelled. Those shows are flagship drama Major Crimes, which recently scored an 8 episode back-order for its current season; and the Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson fronted Murder In The First. Major Crimes is expected to earn a sixth season renewal in the coming months, while sources are telling TVWise that they do not expect Murder In The First to return.