FX is taking more shots with Justified.
The network has ordered a 13-episode second season of Justified, which stars Timothy Olyphant and is based on the Elmore Leonard character Deputy U.S. Marshal Ravlan Givens from the short story Fire in the Hole and some of his other novels, from Sony Pictures Television. The rookie campaign still has six fresh installments left, with the finale scheduled for June 8.
Through seven weeks, first-run episodes of Justified, boosted by the most-watched series premiere in FX history with 4.9 million total viewers, 100,000 more than The Shield's bow on March 12, 2002, averaged 3.4 million viewers and 1.7 million persons 18 to 49.
Factoring in multiple weekly airings, Justified, developed for television by Graham Yost, has averaged 7.5 million total viewers and 3.9 million of the aforementioned demo over six episodes. The series ranks as this year's top new series on basic cable in delivery of men 18 to 49 with 1.1 million, according to network officials.
"We are very excited about the tremendous, widespread acclaim that Justified has received from both audiences and television critics," said FX president and general manager John Landgraf in announcing the pick-up. "Graham Yost, Tim Olyphant, Elmore Leonard and their talented partners have crafted a uniquely ambitious and entertaining series which is everything we aspired to when we developed the show."
"This pick-up speaks volumes to the quality and collaboration on the series, and our unparalleled partnership with FX," said Jamie Erlicht, president, programming for Sony Pictures Television. "The viewer response to Justified has been as enthusiastic as ours was when we first heard the pitch."