The first original drama series on CBS All Access, “The Good Fight,” will keep on fighting for a second season.
CBS All Access announced Wednesday it has renewed the show, a spinoff of “The Good Wife,” for a second season. The first episode of the show got an over-the-air launch on CBS Feb. 19; subsequent episodes are exclusive to the network’s streaming service and are released on Sundays.
“We’re only a few episodes into the first season and the reaction from CBS All Access subscribers and critics alike has been phenomenal,” CBS Interactive president and COO Marc DeBevoise says in a statement.. “This series and its characters are just beginning, and we can’t wait to see where [creators] Robert and Michelle King, their creative team and the amazing cast take ‘The Good Fight’ next.
Like other streaming providers, CBS All Access is mum about viewership data. The renewal is not much of a surprise, considering it’s the first foray into original drama for the service (a new “Star Trek” series is coming later in the year). The premiere on CBS averaged 7.17 million viewers the night it aired; like its parent show, “The Good Fight” drew a somewhat older audience, as its 18-49 rating was just 0.7.
Streaming services are less concerned with demographics than over-the-air networks, as a 57-year-old’s $5.99 monthly fee is exactly the same as a 31-year-old’s.
“The Good Fight” stars Christine Baranski, reprising her “Good Wife” role as attorney Diane Lockhart. The new show finds her on the brink of a comfortable retirement when she loses her nest egg and returns to work at a new firm. The cast also includes “Good Wife” alum Cush Jumbo, Delroy Lindo, Rose Leslie, Erica Tazel, Sarah Steele and Justin Bartha.
“The Good Fight” joins these shows that have been renewed for 2017-18 and beyond.