via press release
THE LIES WILL CONTINUE TO UNFOLD FOR THE LIARS AS ABC FAMILY PICKS UP HIT ORIGINAL SERIES “PRETTY LITTLE LIARS,”
FROM WARNER HORIZON TELEVISION,
FOR A SIXTH AND SEVENTH SEASON
Season 5 Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, June 10th, at 8:00 PM ET/PT
Burbank, CA (June 10, 2014) – In anticipation of the fifth season premiere of “Pretty Little Liars” tonight at 8:00-9:00PM ET/PT, Tom Ascheim, president, ABC Family, and Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, ABC Family, announced today that the network has picked up an unprecedented two seasons of its longest-running original hit series, “Pretty Little Liars,” from Warner Horizon Television. Season six is set to air mid-2015, and season seven is set to air mid-2016.
“Pretty Little Liars” is ABC Family’s #1 series in the network’s history in Total Viewers (3.8 million) and across all target demos: Adults 18-34 (1.5 million/2.2 rating), Women 18-34 (1.3 million/3.7 rating), Adults 18-49 (2.0 million/1.6 rating), Women 18-49 (1.7 million/2.7 rating), Viewers 12-34 (2.6 million/2.8 rating) and Females 12-34 (2.3 million/4.9 rating). In fact, PLL has been TV’s #1 cable telecast in the hour for 95-consecutive original telecasts in Females 12-34 – every telecast since its June 2010 series launch – for 47 in Adults 18-34, for 54 in Women 18-34, for 50 in Women 18-49 and for 58 in Viewers 12-34.
“Pretty Little Liars” holds the record as the most-tweeted scripted-series telecast of all time, and across all genres, it holds 7 of the Top 15 most-tweeted series telecasts ever. The show also generated the highest average number of tweets per episode (675,000) of any TV series during the 2013/14 broadcast season. Based on total followers, “Pretty Little Liars” recently became the #1 scripted television series on Instagram, according to ListenFirst Media. (***source information below.)
“’Pretty Little Liars’ has taken its place in the zeitgeist and reigns supreme in pop culture,” said Ascheim. “I am glad to bring another two seasons to our audience because ‘A’ has a lot in store for our Liars.”
The season 5 premiere of “Pretty Little Liars,” entitled “EscApe From New York,” airs tonight, Tuesday, June 10th (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and picks up where the season four finale left off, with Aria and the Liars reeling from Ezra’s shooting at the hands of “A.” The five girls quickly realize that as the one person who truly knows “A’s” identity, Ezra is in grave danger. While Aria stands watch over Ezra at the hospital, Alison and the PLLs lay a trap to finally flush out “A” and are shocked by who is ensnared.
Meanwhile, Detective Holbrook steps up his efforts to find the girls and puts the Hastings family on alert. And as news of Alison’s “resurrection” spreads, Mona is not pleased.
“Pretty Little Liars” is produced by Alloy Entertainment, Gaslight Productions and Russian Hill Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, and is executive produced by I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, Leslie Morgenstein and Joseph Dougherty. The series stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse.
Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. For 2014, ABC Family has launched the “WATCH ABC Family” authenticated service, which allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on demand access to such popular series at home and on the go via a wide array of devices. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.
Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and primetime reality series for both network and cable. A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, WHTV was founded in 2006. WHTV’s current scripted programs are Rizzoli & Isles and Dallas for TNT; Ground Floor, Sullivan & Son and Buzzy’s for TBS; Pretty Little Liars for ABC Family; Longmire for A&E; and The Lottery for Lifetime. Its unscripted series include The Voice for NBC, The Bachelor franchise — which also includes The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise — for ABC, Famous in 12 for The CW and Copycat for MTV.
*** Social Sourcing: Most tweeted series telecast stats per Nielsen. Most average tweets per episode per Nielsen, 9/1/13-5/25/14, new/live episodes only. #1 scripted TV series on Instagram per ListenFirst Media www.listenfirstmedia.com.