EXCLUSIVE: A month into the freshman run of A&E’s unscripted series Storage Wars, the cable network has renewed the show for a second season with a 20-episode order. Production on Season 2 is already under way for a premiere in the second quarter of this year. In its Dec.1 hourlong debut, Storage Wars drew 2 million viewers, A&E’s best premiere numbers for an unscripted series last year. The series has been growing since, averaging 2.3 million viewers to date. “Storage Wars has garnered critical acclaim and has risen above the competition,” Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E and BIO Channel said. “Premium storytelling and amazing characters have set our show apart.”
Storage Wars, from Thom Beers’ FremantleMedia-owned Original Prods., follows fast-talking auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson and the group of loyal bidders that frequent their storage unit sales. It is one of 2 cable reality shows about storage unit auctions that launched in the fourth quarter, along with Spike’s Auction Hunters. Both series earned 20-episode second-season pickups a month after their premieres. Storage Wars is executive produced by Beers and Philip D. Segal.