Freeform has picked up a third season of its drama series “Stitchers,” which may have you asking, “What is ‘Stitchers,’ and how did it get to a third season?”
We’re here to help on both counts.
First, the what: “Stitchers” is a procedural centered on Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), a hacker who joins a “covert government agency” that investigates murders by essentially hacking into the brains of the recently deceased. The program, naturally, has a larger secret purpose that’s kept closely guarded by agency head Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield).
The “how did it get to a third season” part is a little more complicated. The first season, which aired in summer 2015, performed reasonably well, averaging a 0.3 same-day rating in adults 18-49 and 823,000 viewers.
Season 2, however, suffered a fairly sizable drop in ratings, averaging a 0.15 in adults 18-49 and just 387,000 viewers. It took a week of DVR and on-demand viewing to push the show back to the ratings it got overnight in Season 1.
Still, Freeform notes in its announcement of the pickup that “Stitchers” had the second-best debut season in the past two years on Freeform, behind “Shadowhunters” (same-day 0.4 in 18-49, 960,000 viewers). It’s also the No. 3 performer on Freeform’s digital platforms, behind “Pretty Little Liars” and “Shadowhunters.”
With both “Pretty Little Liars” and “Switched at Birth” nearing the end of their runs, Freeform also needs to keep feeding the pipeline. “Stitchers” Season 2 outperformed new series “Guilt” and was close to the numbers for “Dead of Summer,” so it makes some sense to keep the show around from that perspective.