With only four episodes under its belt, TNT’s hit sci-fi drama Falling Skies has been picked up for a second season (10 episodes), which is set to air in the summer of 2012.

In its series premiere, the Steven Spielberg-produced series drew an extremely impressive Live +7 audience of 8 million viewers – with 3.8 million falling within the ever-favored 18-49 demographic. This number, while extreme impressive for TNT, also served to unseat USA’s continual ratings high for series premieres, as Falling Skies became the highest-rated new series on cable this year.

Proving that Falling Skies is not just a ratings winner in the United States, the freshman series – which follows Boston history professor Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) through the aftermath of worldwide alien invasion – has already been picked up in 75 additional television markets around the world and, in some instance, is garnering record ratings internationally, as well.

Says Michael Write, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies:

Falling Skies is a true standout series, from its ambitious storytelling, high-profile cast and production team to its phenomenal success when it comes to international and time-shifted viewing. We’re reaching new audiences with Falling Skies and look forward to seeing where this fascinating and exciting series takes us next.”

With Falling Skies instantly resonating with sci-fi fans, no longer will viewers who are looking for their next sci-fi fix have to wait for FOX or Syfy to present their newest endeavor (ones that are generally canceled rather quickly), as TNT has proven that great writing and a clear vision can transcend any network stereotypes for audience expectations.


On top of the success that Falling Skies brings to TNT, the fact that the first of two Steven Spielberg television projects set to air this year has been so well received certainly shines a positive light on Spielberg’s upcoming prehistoric series, Terra Nova, which is set to premiere on FOX.

Can the proverbial lightning of television success strike twice for Steven Spielberg?  If there anyone that could do it, it’ll certainly be him.

Since Falling Skies will be at Comic-Con 2011, make sure to keep an eye on Screen Rant, as we’ll be bringing you live coverage of the panels, and interviews with your favorite stars, over on our Official Comic-Con Coverage Page.

Falling Skies airs Sundays @10pm on TNT

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