After airing only one episode HBO has renewed it's new series Boardwalk Empire for a second season! And why wouldn't they? The show is freakin' awesome!
On Sunday the new series attracted 4.8 million viewers to become the cable network's most-watched show premiere since the 2004 debut of Deadwood. According to the HBO press release:
Following resounding critical approval and high viewer numbers for the series' September 19 debut, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a second season.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo had this to say in a statement.
The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing.
The incredible series comes from producers Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, and it stars Steve Buscemi, Anna Katarina, Michael Pitt and more.
Here is the full HBO Press Release:
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2010 – Following resounding critical approval and high viewer numbers for the series’ Sept. 19 debut, HBO has renewed BOARDWALK EMPIRE for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
“All the ingredients aligned for this one, from Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson’s initial pitch, to Martin Scorsese’s enormous contributions as director and executive producer, to the genius of Terry Winter and the expertise of Tim Van Patten, to a stellar cast led by Steve Buscemi,” said Lombardo. “The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing.”
From Terence Winter, and Martin Scorsese, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States.
The Sept. 19 premiere of BOARDWALK EMPIRE averaged 4.8 million viewers during the 9:00 p.m. airing to score HBO’s largest premiere of any program in over six years (since March 21, 2004 – “Deadwood” with “The Sopranos” as lead-in). With additional plays at 10:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., BOARDWALK EMPIRE was watched by a combined 7.1 million viewers for the night.
Season one credits: Created by Terence Winter, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg; co-executive producers, Gene Kelly and Lawrence Konner; producers (series), Rudd Simmons and Rick Yorn; producer (pilot), David Coatsworth; supervising producers, Howard Korder and Margaret Nagle.