9:58am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Fear Factor' Renewed for Supersized Season 2 at MTV
MTV is keeping Fear Factor around.
The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed its Ludacris-hosted reboot for a second season and the franchise's eighth overall.
Ludacris will return as host for the expanded 20-episode sophomore run. (That's eight more episodes than its first season on the cabler.)
Fear Factor has been a cornerstone of MTV's reboot under network president Chris McCarthy. The return of the reality competition show marked MTV’s highest-rated series premiere in two years among viewers 18-34 and has helped deliver its best Tuesday in a year and a half. MTV recently finished its biggest June since 2011 — up 12 percent in share and 3 percent among viewers.
Executive produced by Endemol Shine North America, Fear Factor has Anthony Carbone, Kevin Wehrenberg, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg executive producing alongside Ludacris and MTV's Nina L. Diaz, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola.
Under McCarthy, MTV is beginning to show signs of life with a new TRL in the works as well as a spinoff of Catfish among other unscripted shows in development. The well-regarded executive, who also oversees VH1 and Logo, cleaned house after adding MTV to his oversight, getting rid of programming that he considered off-brand as he leans in harder to focus on the hard-to-reach millennial viewer.