USA is far from done with “The Purge.”

The network has officially renewed the freshman drama series for a second season this afternoon. The news comes just ahead of the show’s first season finale, set to premiere later tonight.

Created by James DeMonaco, and based on his film franchise of the same name, “The Purge” takes place in an altered United States, when several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a night where all crime is legal for 12 hours. It stars Gabriel Chavarria, Hannah Emily Anderson, Jessica Garza, Amanda Warren, Colin Woodell,  Lee Tergesen, and more.

The renewal comes as little surprise today, as the show has been a notable success for USA throughout its first season.  After averaging a 0.4 average live + same day rating in adults 18-49 with 1.08 million viewers, it currently ranks as the network’s highest-rated drama of the year.

“USA Network is so proud to be the television home for the iconic franchise ‘The Purge,'” said Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “The partnership and creative trust of [executive producer] Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured ‘The Purge’s’ successful transition from film to TV — and along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in season two.”

“James DeMonaco has done it again: The propulsive and compelling story he created for season one of ‘The Purge’ truly resonated with audiences in a significant way,” added Blum. “We are thrilled to embark on season two and can’t wait to bring more of James’ vision to USA and fans of ‘The Purge.'”

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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