BBC AMERICA has renewed award-winning original series Orphan Black for a third season to air in 2015. The drama starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned for a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions.
Orphan Black became the first ever ad-supported drama series to double its ratings from season one to season two in A25-54 and 18-49 in Live+7.* The season two finale earned series highs in Live+7 among total viewers (1.376 million).
Audience and social media highlights:
- The Live+3 lift from Live+SD for the Orphan Black season two premiere still ranks #1 among all TV drama season premieres thus far in the 2013/14 TV season.
- Orphan Black season two is BBC AMERICA’s second best series ever in A25-54 in Live+3, C3, and Live+7, just behind Doctor Who season seven.
- Orphan Black season two episodes 6-9 reached #1 and episodes1-5 reached #2 on iTunes overall TV episodes chart within 24 hours of their premieres.
- Orphan Black was the #1 television show on Twitter and Tumblr for the day of premiere and was the #1 ad-supported cable drama on Twitter for the week.
- BBC AMERICA is the first network to live-tweet a TV show with animated GIFs. @OrphanBlack shared animated GIFs timed to the season finale.
- #3 on Twitter among ad-supported cable dramas on average during its run and seven times the activity from season one to season two.
- The Orphan Black Tumblr has had over 750,000 notes from almost 140K fans in season two and there were 11.3 million notes on the Orphan Black topic in the new season.
The innovative series, co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, earned a Peabody Award this year and lead actress Tatiana Maslany has received two back-to-back Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actress, a TCA Award for Individual Achievement, a Young Hollywood Award, a Gracie Award and Golden Globe® and People’s Choice nominations.
The cast includes Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, Michael Mando and Matt Frewer. The second season also included actors Michiel Huisman, Ari Millen, Peter Outerbridge, Patrick J. Adams and Michelle Forbes.
Orphan Black is BBC AMERICA’s second original drama commission. The series is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC AMERICA and SPACE. Executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier on behalf of Temple Street Productions, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. Orphan Black is distributed by BBC Worldwide.