'Weakest Link' Renewed for Second Season at NBC

Weakest Link - Jane Lynch
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NBC is not yet ready to say "goodbye" to Weakest Link.

The network has picked up a second season of the game show, hosted by Jane Lynch. Production on season two, which will run for 13 episodes, is set to begin later in the year.

"Audiences have clearly embraced this smart, fun and completely addicting show, and it's been a great addition to the NBC lineup," said Jenny Groom, executive vp unscripted content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "A huge thank you to Jane, our friends at BBC Studios, Universal Television Alternative Studio and everyone who has been instrumental in keeping the DNA of the original format intact while simultaneously adding new flourishes that make it as relevant and popular as ever."

Weakest Link has been a fairly steady performer for NBC so far this season. Through nine episodes the series has averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.75 million viewers with a week of delayed viewing, according to Nielsen. Per NBC figures, it has drawn a 1.2 in the key ad demographic and 5.6 million viewers per episode, including on digital platforms, since its premiere.

"I'm thrilled that Weakest Link will return for another season," Lynch said. "It has been my honor to bring back this classic game show loved by millions. I also look forward to challenging the brain power of our players while baiting them to turn against one another for the chance to win some life-changing cash. And, of course, for my own enjoyment, and not to mention the opportunity to say, 'You are the weakest link. Goodbye.' several times an episode."

Added Valerie Bruce, general manager of BBC Studios, Los Angeles Productions, "As the fastest and fiercest game show on TV, ‘Weakest Link’ has been immortalized in pop culture. The format has proven longevity, attracting global audiences for the past two decades and we’re thrilled to celebrate its latest success in the U.S. Our Los Angeles production arm is excited to partner with NBC on a second season of the series with Jane Lynch, whose quick wit, humor and shrewdness are captivating."

Weakest Link is a revival of a British show that first aired on NBC in 2001-02. The new version is produced by NBC's in-house unscripted arm, Universal Alternative Television Studio, and BBC Studios' Los Angeles production arm. Stuart Krasnow, who executive produced the earlier NBC show, serves as showrunner and exec produces with Ryan O’Dowd of BBC Studios and Lynch.