AMC has given a third-season pickup to “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” the Revolutionary War drama that drew strong reviews for its second season but has struggled with low ratings and a low profile in pop culture.
Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV, said the renewal was a recognition of the show’s creative strength and the growth it demonstrated across the 10-episode run of season two. In live-plus-7 ratings, the show’s total viewer average grew from 1.6 million viewers at the start of the season to 1.74 million by the June 8 finale.
More important, the show’s numbers in affluent homes with annual incomes above $100,000 grew significantly during the season, as did its traction on VOD and streaming platforms with young adults.
“Turn” revolves around George Washington, Benedict Arnold and espionage activity during the war for independence.
Collier cited the vision laid out by exec producer and showrunner Craig Silverstein and exec producer Barry Josephson for season three stories as sealing the deal for the renewal. AMC has ordered 10 episodes to air in 2016.
“We think Craig and Barry delivered a wonderful season of storytelling this year,” Collier told Variety. “And there are so many historical touchpoints for where they will take the show next season.” (Source)