“Franklin & Bash” has argued its case with the viewers and has been rewarded with a second season on Atlanta-based TNT.
The light-hearted legal dramedy starring Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar isn’t a massive hit, relatively speaking, but is on par with sister shows “Memphis Beat” and “Hawthorne.” It’s averaging about 2.6 million viewers over its first eight episodes and its numbers have been fairly steady since it debuted in early June. Counting DVR usage over seven days, ratings increase to 3.9 million, a solid 50% increase.
Gosselaar tweeted the news today.
TNT taped the pilot in Atlanta but moved the show to Los Angeles for the rest of the first season. Though it’s cheaper to produce the show in Atlanta, the leads offered to take lower pay in exchange for being closer to home. The show is based in Los Angeles anyway so that makes sense.
TNT recently canceled “Men of a Certain Age” but renewed fellow freshman show “Falling Skies,” which is averaging about 4.5 million viewers over five episodes.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog