August 06, 2014 2:42pm PT by Michael O'Connell
FYI Renews Inaugural Series 'Married at First Sight' (Exclusive)
Call it love at fifth episode. FYI has renewed one of its first original series, Married at First Sight, for a second season just a month into its run.
The A+E Network, formerly Bio, launched July 8 with Married at First Sight as its first offering. Initially improving the old time slot by 122 percent among adults 18-49, the reality show has steadily grown. Its latest episode pulled nearly triple its premiere audience in the younger demo.
"Married at First Sight has truly captured viewers' attention and garnered awareness for FYI following our successful rebrand,” said FYI and LMN president Jana Bennett. “The series reflects the authentic, relatable and universal journey — our search for true love. The quest will continue anew next year."
The prompt order — Married at First Sight's fifth episode only aired Tuesday — is for an 11-episode sophomore season set to premiere in 2015. This season is thus far averaging 470,000 total viewers and 239,000 adults 18-49.
Produced by Kinetic Content and based on a Danish format, Married at First Sight follows six singles who are suddenly thrust together and (as the title implies) legally couple off. The new season will tackle three more fresh pairings over the course of several weeks, until the couples ultimately choose to stick together or get divorced.
FYI debuts with an ambitious catalog already in the can. In the last month, originals Rowhouse Showdown, Tiny House Nation, World Food Championships, B.O.R.N. to Style and Epic Meal Empire also have premiered.