AMC's 'Into the Badlands' Renewed for Second Season

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AMC is going back to the Badlands.

The cable network has renewed its post-apocalyptic martial arts drama for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Picked up straight to series in 2014, the show from Smallville's Al Gough and Miles Millar will be back with 10 episodes after launching its six-episode run in the plumb post-The Walking Dead slot. Into the Badlands will not return until 2017, AMC announced Tuesday. 

The drama, with a massive marketing push, opened after TV's No. 1 series among adults 19-49 and collected the third-best cable launch of 2015. With three days of delayed viewing, the November debut drew 8.2 million total viewers with 5.1 million among adults 18-49. The strong premiere ranked behind fellow AMC launches with Walking Dead and Breaking Bad off-shoots Fear the Walking Dead (No. 1) and Better Call Saul (No. 2), respectively. Both Badlands and Better Call Saul had the advantage of opening behind Robert Kirkman's zombie drama. All told, Badlands averaged 5.6 million total viewers with 3.4 million in adults under 50 and 3.5 among 25-54.

AMC also used interest in Walking Dead to boost Badlands. The cabler aired previews for upcoming episodes of the ratings behemoth during the Daniel Wu starrer, giving Walking Dead viewers the opportunity to sample its latest offering.

Without Walking Dead, however, Badlands took a ratings hit and stumbled to a series low in December. Airing opposite cable finales, football and the Miss Universe pageant, the season finale drew 2.2 million total viewers and 1.1 million among adults under 50, with the demo off 17 percent week-over-week. Those numbers were boosted in delayed viewing, growing 63 percent and 69 percent, respectively.

For AMC, meanwhile, the decision to bring back Into the Badlands comes as the cabler continues to put its focus on homegrown original scripted fare. In addition to Fear the Walking Dead season two, AMC also has its long-in-the-works adaptation of controversial comic book Preacher due in 2016 as well as the final season of Hell on Wheels, Humans, Turn, Better Call Saul and fellow new additions Night Manager and Feed the Beast.