12:54pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Spike TV Renews 'Ink Master' for Season 5
Spike TV is sitting down for some additional ink.
The male-leaning cable network has renewed tattoo series Ink Master for a fifth cycle, Spike announced Monday.
Season five will consist of 16 hourlong episodes -- its largest order to date -- with a return scheduled for the fall. Through five episodes, Ink Master's fourth season is averaging 1.7 million total viewers and has improved its time slot in the key adults 18-49 demo by 81 percent and 115 percent among 18-34. The series skews 49 percent male, illustrating the network's core goal to deliver gender-balanced original series.
"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Original Media, the immensely creative and innovative team who produces Ink Master, the defining series of tattoo culture,” said Spike exec vp original series Sharon Levy. “The ever-increasing ratings for the series is a testament to the huge stakes and drama in each episode with the incredibly talented and knowledgeable hosts including Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck.”
Navarro hosts and Nunez and Peck serve as judges on the series that centers on tattoo artists battling it out each week for a $100,000 cash prize. The series hails from Endemol USA's Original Media (Comic Book Men), with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter on board to exec produce.