After making it just halfway into its freshman season, USA has officially announced that it will be bringing “Shooter” back for a second season.
Created by John Hlavin and based on the best-selling novel “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 film of the same name, the series stars Ryan Phillippe as an ex-Marine and decorated war sniper on the run, trying to stay alive while working to clear his name and save the lives of his family. Originally set to premiere back in July, the show was delayed in the wake of mass shootings, but it has been an end of the year hit in the ratings, becoming one of USA’s highest-rated series this season.
Produced by Mark Wahlberg, who was the star of the original 2007 film, the series has raked in an average of 2.6 million total viewers, with 974,000 of them coming from the desired adults 18-49 age demographic in Live +7 ratings. In addition, following “WWE Smackdown” every Tuesday night, the series has managed to maintain 78 percent of the former’s audience, giving USA the boost it’s needed to become the most successful ad-supported cable network on Tuesdays from 8-11 p.m. Like many of the other renewals over the past few months, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise either.
“John Hlavin and the team behind ‘Shooter’ have delivered a compelling action thriller that consistently engages a strong and loyal audience,” says NBCU Cable Entertainment president Chris McCumber regarding the renewal. “We look forward to partnering once again with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions as we follow Bob Lee into his next chapter.”
“Shooter” airs every Tuesday night on USA.