Mere days before the season one finale is set to air, USA Network has handed out a second season renewal to their newest drama series Queen Of The South.
Alongside the season two pick-up, USA Network has announced that showrunner Scott Rosenbaum is stepping down and will be replaced on the show’s second season by Natalie Chaidez, who most recently created and ran the short-lived Syfy series Hunters.
Queen Of The South tells the story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. In the process, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.
The drama series, which is based on the novel La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, is produced for USA by Fox 21 Television Studios & Universal Cable Productions and stars Alice Braga (City Of God), Veronica Falcón (Besos de Azúcar), Justina Machado (Six Feet Under), Peter Gadiot (Tut), Hemky Madera (Weeds) and Gerardo Taracena (Apocalypto).
While not a huge ratings performer, Queen Of The South has performed reasonably well for USA Network. The series has been averaging 1.2 million viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 delivery in live+same day. It also does well in delayed viewership, with the average audience almost doubling to 2.26 million viewers in L7. The series joins fellow USA series Colony, Suits and Mr. Robot – all of which have also been renewed for next season.