Its good news for two new period dramas.
Looking to fill the hole left by “Downton Abbey,” PBS has ordered a second season of its original series “Mercy Street”. The Civil War-era drama will return for a six-episode second season in 2017.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Josh Radnor star in the show, PBS’ first original drama in more than a decade, which opened to 3.3 million viewers in January. That’s a long way from ‘Downton’ whose finale the other week pulled in an average of 9.6 million viewers.
Meanwhile AMC has renewed its martial arts western “Into the Badlands” for a ten-episode second season to air in 2017. That’s up from the six episodes of the first which averaged 5.6 million viewers per episode – making it the third highest-rated first season in U.S. cable TV history.