Word broke today that AMC is renewing its freshman supernatural series Preacher, based on the DC / Vertigo comic book of the same name. The show has had decent ratings so far in its first season, though it did see its numbers drop notably the last two weeks (possibly due to stiff competition from the NBA finals and Game of Thrones which it airs directly against). Despite that, Variety claims that the show is Number 2 new series on cable this year among adults 18-49 and that it has been averaging 3.3 million viewers based on the Live+3 delayed viewing results. It is currently averaging just below a 0.7 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic, which is okay for a cable entry these days. Across its first two episodes, it has seen close to 100% gains on its numbers based on the Live+7 delayed viewing. The show’s first season has ten total episodes (up from the six that AMC typically goes with for try out runs on new series) and it will have that expanded to thirteen for its second year. For those who have not seen the show yet and might be interested in checking it out, AMC will be running a catch-up mini-marathon of the first five episodes starting at 9 PM EST on Thursday June 30th.
Preacher is one of several Spring / Summer shows that was awaiting word on its fate. Others include Syfy’s 12 Monkeys,Wynonna Earp, and Hunters as well as Freeform’s Stitchers. Keep a close eye on this site as well as the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site as I expect some breaking news on these in the coming weeks.