Starz has greenlit a second season of its new series “American Gods,” just two weeks after its debut.

The show, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel and executive produced by Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and Gaiman, debuted to solid ratings for Starz. Its initial airing on April 30 drew 975,000 viewers and a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49, which is better than of most of the channel’s original shows (aside from “Power,” which typically draws about twice as big an audience).

The 975,000 viewers was the best series debut for any of Starz’s current original series. It grew to almost 1.58 million with a week of delayed viewing, and Starz says repeats and multiplatform viewing has pushed the audience to 5 million.

“Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and Neil Gaiman have evolved the art form of television narratively, structurally and graphically with ‘American Gods,'” Starz president of programming Carmi Zlotnik says in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be working again with these artists as they continue to build the worlds and wars of the gods.”

“American Gods” stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, an ex-convict who’s pulled into a war between Old Gods with origins in ancient beliefs and the New Gods of money, technology and fame. The cast also features Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Gillian Anderson, Orlando Jones, Crispin Glover and Kristin Chenoweth, among others.

“American Gods” joins these shows that have been renewed for 2017-18.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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