9:50am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Spike Renews 'Ink Master,' Orders 'Redemption' Spinoff
Spike TV is expanding its tattoo business.
The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed Ink Master for a seventh season and ordered spinoff, Ink Master: Redemption, to series.
Seasons even of the flagship series will return with another round of 16 episodes in spring 2016 — matching its highest order to date. Season six of the series debuts June 23 at 10 p.m.
For its part, Ink Master: Redemption will focus on participants from previous Ink Master seasons who left unhappy with their tattoos who return to the shop for a new tattoo. The series will feature six half-hour episodes with production starting in the summer for a September debut.
Ink Master has become a valuable franchise for Spike. Season five averaged 2.2 million total viewers — its highest rated among adults (and women) 18-49. The series ranks in the top five among adults 18-49 in its Tuesdays at 10 p.m. slot and is one of Spike's most gender-balanced shows.
"With Americans spending more than $1 billion annually on tattoos, Ink Master has definitely hit a chord with viewers and has continued to grow as one of our most gender-balanced original series,” Spike senior vp original programming Chachi Senior. “The show’s viewers are not only fans of the amazing artwork displayed, they are also invested in the human canvases and what happens when a client leaves unhappy with their tattoo. We have created Ink Master: Redemption to help answer those questions."