NBC's 'Aquarius' Renewed for Second Season

The network says the David Duchovny drama has been a strong digital performer.
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NBC will continue to tell the story of Charles Manson.

The network on Thursday renewed 1960s drama Aquarius, starring David Duchovny, for a second season.

The drama was the first broadcast series to be streamed in its entirety following its debut as NBC put all 12 episodes online for four weeks following its series premiere. 

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"With its riveting drama and innovative release strategy, Aquarius has excited the critics, hooked millions of viewers and energized our summer. It’s no secret that the way people watch television is evolving, so we took a unique approach to how we delivered Aquarius and it’s driven some record numbers for NBC Digital and helped us reach viewers who might have otherwise overlooked a great summer drama,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said.
 
According to the network, Aquarius delivered the most watched first 24 hours for a summer series premiere ever on NBC.com and the NBC app, with the surge in viewership helping to push NBC Digital — including its site, application and Hulu — to its biggest summer weekend ever. Through 28 days, the series is the second-most-viewed drama premiere ever on NBC.com and its app, behind only The Blacklist
 
Added Robert Hayes, executive vp NBC Entertainment Digital, “Beyond generating some truly impressive view totals, the network’s unique release strategy with Aquarius has helped us gain new insights into viewership patterns, binging behavior and social engagement, significantly expanding our knowledge of how people are watching our shows online.”
 
The series opened May 28 and, when factoring in seven days of delayed viewing, rose 91 percent, from a 1.05 rating among adults 18-49 to a 2.01, across all platforms. The series grows an average of 31 percent in adults under 50 and 1.1 million viewers overall with DVR.
 
Showrunner John McNamara told THR ahead of its premiere that he envisioned the drama running for six seasons. "I planned out the show in terms of six seasons, and every season is approximately six months," he said. "If you Wikipedia Manson, he was doing stuff, some of which we portray in the show, and some of which we are making leaps and connecting dots ourselves. He was not inactive. He’s a psychopath and we do not shy away from that. I don’t believe you’re going to finish watching episode 13 and say, 'Wow, that was a big jerk-off; he didn’t do anything!' He goes there. It’s not going to have a happy ending; we all know that, but that actually informs the suspense nicely in a way that I feel allowed us occasionally to slow down the storytelling a little bit."

Meanwhile, the futures of fellow summer series A.D. and American Odyssey have yet to be determined. 
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