Mankind is not dead yet.
That’s the word from TNT, which announced Wednesday it is renewing “Falling Skies,” its apocalyptic, alien-invasion drama, for a third season.
The renewal news comes as the series is only a few weeks into its second season. But it’s the ratings so far this season that apparently earned the series a third go-round.
TNT’s announcement noted that, ratings-wise, “Falling Skies” is doing just what it’s supposed to do — draw viewers, particularly the demographic groups advertisers crave.
About halfway into its second season, “Falling Skies” is averaging 5.9 million viewers a week, Sunday nights at 9/8c on TNT. The cable network says the series is the highest-rated drama on basic cable this summer in the target demo, adults 18-49 (although the network provided no figure for that audience segment).
Whatever the figure actually is, it apparently emboldened TNT to commit to a 10-episode Season Three that will start in 2013.
“Falling Skies” stars Noah Wyle as one member of a group of survivors holding their own — barely — against savage, but technologically advanced invaders from outer space. The show is from executive producer Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks Television production company.