NBC continues to be aggressive with early renewals for its freshman series. On the heels of its Season 1 finale, the network’s new comedy The Good Place, from executive producer and creator Michael Schur, has been renewed for a second season. Like with the first season, the single-camera comedy, designed for shorter runs from the get-go, Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes.
The pickup follows NBC’s recent two-season renewal for breakout new drama This Is Us. It also comes after a meeting with Schur who pitched a second season based on stories he had broken with a small writers room.
“Mike Schur has always had one of the most fertile and imaginative minds in comedy, but what he brought us with the first season of The Good Place was just extraordinary,” NBC’s Jennifer Salke said. “We absolutely can’t wait to see where these characters go, literally, in season two. A big thank you to Mike, the writers and cast for delivering a series in which we all take such enormous pride.”
While a modest live viewing performer, The Good Place has been a solid delayed viewing gainer, over-indexing with upscale audiences, and has drawn positive reviews. In its rookie season, the comedy starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, has averaged a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers overall in Live+7, improving the timeslot by +36% over NBC’s Thursday 8:30 average last season. The show’s Jan. 19 season finale delivered 5.2 million viewers after three days of time-shifted and video-on-demand viewing, for the show’s biggest L+3 audience since Oct. 27.
The Good Place stars Danson, Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden. In addition to executive producing, Schur, one of the top comedy creators on Universal TV’s roster, serves as writer and showrunner. David Miner, Morgan Sackett and Drew Goddard also executive produce. The Good Place is produced by Universal Television, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment.