8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'King of the Nerds' Renewed for Third Season at TBS (Exclusive)
TBS is going back to the nerds.
The Turner-owned cable network has renewed King of the Nerds for a third season of eight episodes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The unscripted reality competition series hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong will return for another round in 2015 when a new group of nerds move in to "Nerdvana" and compete for a $100,000 prize.
Season two of the series from Electus and 5X5 Media concluded in March and averaged 1.5 million total viewers and more than 1 million in the key adults 18-49 demographic, down from 2.1 million and 1.3 million in the demo year-over-year.
"King of the Nerds demonstrates the power of nerd culture by drawing not only a fervent fan base but also the youngest audience of any current TBS original," said Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TBS, TNT and TCM of the series with a median age of 35. "We look forward to building on that success as more viewers discover this terrific competition series."
Electus' Ben Silverman and Chris Grant exec produce alongside 5X5 Media's Craig Armstrong, Rick Ringbakk and Charles Wachter as well as Carradine and Armstrong. For Electus, meanwhile, Nerds is part of a growing roster of programming including Netflix's upcoming scripted drama Marco Polo and The CW's Jane the Virgin as well as TV Land's Candid Camera reboot, NBC's Food Fighters, VH1's Mob Wives and ABC's Bet on Your Baby, among others.
"We are thrilled to be growing our business with the amazing team at TBS and cannot be happier to be celebrating the hottest culture in the world," said Electus founder and chairman Silverman. "Nerds rule!"
The decision to renew Nerds comes after TBS doubled down on hidden-camera game show Deal With It for an additional 10 episodes set to air in the fall.