FX has given sardonic animated spy comedy “Archer” a second season.
The show, which airs at 10 p.m. Thursdays, has averaged 1.2 million viewers in first-run numbers but its ratings fell precipitously from 1.8 million Jan. 14 in its opening frame to as low as 622,000 Feb. 5. Nonetheless, FX said the show has done well among younger men and repeats well, which is common among animated shows.
As the creators noted, it really is a nice blend of “Arrested Development” and James Bond.
Adam Reed, an Atlanta-based creator with Matt Thompson, wrote me:
Well, we’re just incredibly stoked about getting another season of Archer. And I think FX has really shown a lot of faith in the show by giving it a chance to grow its audience. The show is doing well on iTunes, and very well on Hulu, so I think you’re right that it’s been in a competitive time slot. And then there’s those pesky Olympics…
I’m just now starting to sift through the huge stack of cocktail napkins on which I’ve been scribbling ideas for season two; if I can make out even half of these scrawls, there should be plenty of storylines.
Thompson sent me an email later in the afternoon that was written in more haiku style:
We are super excited.
Really awesome to make cartoons for a living.
Even better that we get to do it from Atlanta.
We just have no desire to move to LA and make TV.
The time slot was a killer. Plus we were not paired with anything / didn’t have a lead in.
We were alone on an island. Plus people loves them some Burn Notice.
The TIVO numbers have been great to us.
Same with HULU.
I think it all rolls in to FX’s thinking on the pick up.
Whatever it was, we are thrilled.