The quest for the future of computing continues. AMC is bringing Halt And Catch Fire back for a second season. “This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground – themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president today. “We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time. We see that opportunity here and look forward to a second season of ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ from creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, and showrunner Jonathan Lisco.” Season 2 of H&CF is set to premiere in the summer of 2015.
Though looking touch and go for a while, the pickup comes less than a month after H&CF’s season finale on August 3. After a good start, the freshman season of the 1980s-set tech drama starring Lee Pace, Mackenzie Davis and Scoot McNairy saw struggling Live + Same Day ratings. H&CF premiered with 1.2 million total viewers on June 1 after the cabler made it available on AMC.com, Tumblr, TV provider VOD and TV Everywhere for the two weeks before that. However, H&CF powered up in DVR afterlife. The season ender jumped up 71% to 981,000 viewers in Live + 3 results. Faring much better than last year’s new drama Low Winter Sun, which did not get a second season, H&CF averaged 1,3 million viewers over its first season in Live + 7 results – a 78% leap from Live + SD numbers. It had an average of 645,000 viewers among adults 25-54 and 606,000 among the 18-49s in Live + 7, a 90% and 92% surge from its Live + SD results.