The network has renewed the David E. Kelley drama for a second season in 2021-22. The pickup comes as no surprise, as Big Sky is ABC’s most watched first year series and among the top rookies overall this season.
The series will also get a new showrunner in season two. Elwood Reid (National Geographic’s Barkskins, FX’s The Bridge), who joined the show for the second half of this season, will take the reins from Kelley, who will remain involved creatively. Kelley has several other series in the works at various outlets, including The Lincoln Lawyer at Netflix, Nine Perfect Strangers at Hulu and Love and Death at HBO Max.
Big Sky is the second scripted series to earn a place on ABC’s 2021-22 schedule, following Monday’s renewal of The Good Doctor.
Big Sky has earned solid ratings for ABC. It averages 7.86 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the key ad demographic of adults 18-49 with seven days of delayed viewing, according to Nielsen figures. Per ABC, the show brings in 12.18 million total viewers and a 3.15 in the 18-49 demo per episode over five weeks across platforms.
In Nielsen’s seven-day ratings, Big Sky ranks third among all first-year series in viewers, behind only CBS’ The Equalizer and NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime.
Based on a series of novels by C.J. Box, the drama stars Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury as, respectively, a former cop and a private investigator looking into a series of abductions in Montana. Disney’s 20th Television and A+E Studios produce Big Sky. Kelley, Reid and Ross Fineman are the executive producers.
Reid is repped by TFC Management, WME and David Colden.