NBC has renewed its hit comedy series Marlon for Season 2.
According to Variety, the comedy series starring Marlon Wayans premiered this past summer to strong ratings, averaging 5.6 million viewers a week, according to Nielsen. It also reached a 1.3 demo rating in 18-49 group. The numbers are definitely impressive considering summer shows don’t fair as strong because most people don’t watch television during the summer because of vacations and such. In addition, Marlon was the most watched new scripted series this summer airing following America’s Got Talent results shows.
The 10 episode Season 1 follows Marlon as a divorced father who despite not being able to coexist with his ex-wife, tries to remain friends with her in order to co-parent their two kids with her.
As the series moves further it will be interesting to see if it can sustain its viewership. Some shows come out of the gate strong but then take a massive plunge during their second season. With that said, we believe Marlon can absolutely succeed, especially in the event it has a season 2 run after its aforementioned AGT lead-in.
For summer shows that only premiere during the summer, there’s a large gap between when they end and when they begin again, prompting some fans to forget about it. Typically there is about 3 months between seasons, but for summer shows there’s about 9 months or more. A lot can happen in those months and people may forget about their favorite summer shows.
So with Marlon, NBC needs to do extra promotion for it to remind people that they should be watching their show instead of going out. It’s a tricky task and one that takes some maneuvering.
However, rumor has it that NBC could be looking for an in-season Season 2 with an unknown number of episodes. If this becomes a reality, then the series will have a different problem which would be to compete with all the comedy shows on television right now. Then again, it could add to NBC’s in-season comedies. Only time will tell.
In addition to Wayans, Marlon stars Essence Atkins, Bresha Webb, Diallo Riddle, Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil. The series is produced by Universal Television, and executive produced by writer Christopher Moynihan, Wayans, Rick Alvarez. and Michael Rotenberg.
Marlon will return with new episodes soon and once we get more information we will share it with you. For more news related to Marlon, be sure to visit this link.
This story was written by Samantha D’Amico. If you want to follow her on Twitter, you can do so at SAM_iamXO.