CBS All Access is extending the mission of “Star Trek: Discovery.”
The streaming service has picked up a second season of the show six episodes into its first run. Like other streamers, All Access doesn’t release viewing numbers for its shows, but CBS claims the show drove record sign-ups for the service in the weeks leading up to its Sept. 24 premiere.
“In just six episodes, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise,” Marc DeBevoise, president and COO of CBS Interactive, says in a statement. “This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the ‘Star Trek’ legacy. We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished and are thrilled to be bringing fans a second season of this tremendous series.”
“Discovery” premiered on-air Sept. 24 on CBS to 9.49 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. That was an improvement on the over-the-air debut of another All Access series, “The Good Fight,” which drew 7.17 million people and a 0.7 in February.
Season 1 of the show is being split into two “chapters,” the first of which concludes with episode 9 on Nov. 12. “Discovery” will then take a break through the end of the year and return with its final six episodes in January.
There’s no word yet on a premiere date or episode count for Season 2. Given the effects-heavy production, however, it’s likely not to return until the first part of 2019.
“Star Trek: Discovery” joins these shows that have been renewed for the 2018-19 season and beyond.