WGN America Renews ‘Outsiders’

Freshman Drama Series Gets Second Season Greenlight

WGN America has renewed is original drama Outsiders for a second season, the network said Friday.

Since its launch in January, the series -- which follows an off-the-grid Appalachian clan fighting for their way of life --is averaging 2.8 million viewers (Nielsen Live +7) and 1.4 million adults 25-54 through its first season, according to network officials.

The series is executively produced by Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan (Rescue Me,) Paul Giamatti (John Adams,), Michael Wimer (2012) and Dan Carey (All Is Bright).

We are thrilled that Outsiders has connected with fans in such a powerful and palpable way, and met our highest expectations on every possible level, thanks to Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan, our extraordinary cast, creative team and partners at Sony Pictures Television,” said Matt Cherniss, president and general manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios.  “We look forward to venturing up Shay Mountain in search of some Farrell wine for a second season.” 

The announcement comes on the heels of a record setting ratings premiere for the network's March 9 premiere of Underground.