On the heels of series-best ratings for the first few episodes of this season, “Ballers” and “Insecure” will return for new seasons on HBO in 2018.
“Insecure” creator and star Issa Rae shared the “hella official” news about her show on Twitter Tuesday. HBO followed soon after with a press release confirming pickups for both “Insecure” and “Ballers.”
“Insecure” has seen its ratings mushroom this season, thanks in no small part to being part of a Sunday lineup that includes megahit “Game of Thrones.” Through three episodes, the show is averaging a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.19 million viewers for its initial airing — essentially three times its audience for Season 1 (0.2, 414,000).
“Ballers,” which stars Dwayne Johnson as a former pro athlete-turned-financial manager for current players, has also benefited handsomely from the “GoT” lead-in. Its ratings (1.2 in adults 18-49, 2.45 million viewers) are double last season’s average of 0.6 and 1.18 million viewers.
“We’re thrilled that the summer lineup of ‘Ballers’ and ‘Insecure’ connected with our viewers out of the gate,” HBO Programming executive VP Amy Gravitt says in a statement. “We’re so proud to work with Dwayne, Issa and all of the amazing talent in both shows.”
Both shows are expected back in 2018. “Ballers” will enter its fourth season then and “Insecure” its third. They join these shows that have been renewed for 2017-18 and beyond.