ABC Family renews 'Secret Life'

Drama's second season eyed for summer premiere

ABC Family has finalized a deal to renew hit drama "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" for a second season.

The series by Brenda Hampton has been given an order for 24 episodes, one more than the 23 episodes that comprised "Teenager's" two-part first season. The show's sophomore season premiere is tentatively slated for the summer.

"Teenager," which launched last summer and will wrap the second portion of its first season March 23, is the highest-rated original series in ABC Family's history and ranks as the top cable series in the Monday 8 p.m hour and the top series on any network in females 12-34.

" 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' has really struck a chord not just with our Millennial audience, but with viewers across the board," ABC exec vp Kate Juergens said.

"Teenager" stars Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, Mark Derwin, India Eisley, Ken Baumann, Daren Kagasoff, Francia Raisa, Megan Park and Greg Finley.

It joins recently renewed ABC Family series "Greek" and "Lincoln Heights" and newly picked-up comedies "Ruby and the Rockits" and "10 Things I Hate About You" and drama "Perfect 10." All received 10-episode orders.