TNT Renews 'Dallas' for Second Season


After just three episodes, TNT has renewed its Dallas reboot for a second season, the network said Friday.

The new version of CBS's long-running primetime soap opera has averaged 6.9 million viewers, making it basic- cable's top new series.

The drama network ordered 15 episodes from Warner Horizon Television, with the new installments slated to bow in 2013.

TNT on Friday also renewed its female cop drama Rizzoli & Isles for a fourth season.

"Dallas has been a success for us on every level: pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM in a statement. "With Dallas' top-flight ratings, robust growth through time-shifted viewing and the extensive online buzz, it's clear the Ewings of Southfork have once again captured the imagination of viewers."
Dallas scored cable's top scripted series premiere for the year-to-date, with its June 13 debut, drawing 7.8 million viewers in live + 3 for the two-hour launch. The show's first two weeks have averaged 6.9 million viewers in lLive + 3, with live + 7 data still being counted.

With Dallas ranking as basic-cable's top new series year-to-date,TNT has claimed the top new show in the summer for a third year running, following Rizzoli & Isles in 2010 and Falling Skies last year. Among key demos, Dallas has averaged 2.1 million persons 18 to 49 and 2.8 million adults 25 to 54 for the season-to-date.