11:00am PT by Rick Porter
'Blood & Treasure' Renewed for Season 2 at CBS
CBS is mapping out another season of its summer drama Blood & Treasure.
The network has renewed the action-adventure series starring Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas for a second season to air in 2020. The pickup comes midway through the show's first run, which has pulled in steady if unspectacular ratings so far.
"Blood & Treasure is a fun, escapist adventure with comedic elements filmed in multiple locales around the world that has been a great performer and a wonderful addition to our summer schedule,” Amy Reisenbach, CBS executive vp current programs, said Wednesday in a statement. "We've heard the story pitch for season two and look forward to seeing all-new exploits from Russia to Southeast Asia next year."
The series, from CBS TV Studios in association with Propagate Content, stars Barr as a former FBI agent specializing in stolen antiquities who reluctantly teams with an art thief (Pernas) to catch a terrorist who funds his activities via stolen treasure. The cast also includes Michael James Shaw, Katia Winter, James Callis, Oded Fehr, Alicia Coppola and Mark Gagliardi.
Through five episodes, Blood & Treasure is averaging 5.71 million viewers (including delayed viewing), making it No. 1 among the handful of new broadcast scripted shows airing in the summer. It also is averaging a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49.
CBS also says the show has improved its Tuesday-night time period by 17 percent over a mix of originals and repeats in summer 2018.
Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Limitless) created Blood & Treasure, which earned a straight-to-series order in 2017, and executive produce with showrunner Taylor Elmore (Justified), Ben Silverman, Marc Webb, Mark Vlasic and Howard T. Owens.