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FX drama 'The Bridge' renewed for a second season

By Leonard Martinez
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:25:50 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 24 2013 01:54:21 PM CDT

'The Bridge' Executive Producer Elwood Reid in July 13 talks about the show, border towns, season 2 and beyond ideas,  and a lot more

EL PASO, Texas -

FX drama "The Bridge," set in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, will return for a second season of 13 episodes, the network announced on Tuesday.

The second season will air during summer 2014.

The second-to-last episode of the first season will air this Wednesday.

According to an FX news release, "The Bridge" is the No. 1 new scripted cable series launch of the summer in Adults 18-49.  Season 1 is currently averaging 3.65 million total viewers and 1.68 million Adults 18-49.  On a Live +7 basis, the show is jumping +89% in total viewers and +105% in Adults 18-49 vs. Live +Same Day.

Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, said, “We’ve been blown away by the compelling performances of Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger and the writing of Meredith Stiehm, Elwood Reid and their team, and are thrilled to be able to continue this journey for another season. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Rich Ross, Carolyn Bernstein and everyone at Shine America.” 

Said Rich Ross, CEO, Shine America, "We’re thrilled that viewers and critics alike have embraced Sonya Cross and Marco Ruiz and that our partners at FX are enthusiastically joining us for a continuation of the wild ride in season 2."

Before the first season even started airing in July, executive producer Elwood Reid told ABC-7 he already had ideas for season two and beyond.

"When we decided to set this down in Juarez and El Paso, immediately I knew – just reading the newspapers and the books I did a lot of research - you have season after season of material, which to me was an important thing because a lot of times you write things and you don’t know where it’s going to go past the pilot. Or past one or two episodes," Reid told ABC-7 this past summer. "But just setting the show down in Mexico on that border down there in El Paso just automatically I had season after season. Right now, the season we’re working on, the first season, we will set up what the second season is going to be in the last couple of episodes. So you’ll kind of get – we’re going to resolve our primary mystery – which is who killed these people on the bridge and why. What does he want? And we’re then going to sort of begin to introduce the next idea for next season. But it will not be following another 'serial killer.'"

The show's pilot was filmed in El Paso with the network ordering 13 episodes of the series. The TV show is based on the Danish/Swedish series "Bron," which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden.

Below are the ratings of "The Bridge," according to TV Series Finale.

Episode 01-11: Wednesday, 09/18/13
0.6 demo rating (-14% change) with 1.50 million (-17% change).
Season averages: 0.65 in the demo with 1.84 million.

Episode 01-10: Wednesday, 09/11/13
0.7 demo rating (+40% change) with 1.80 million (+9% change).
Season averages: 0.65 in the demo with 1.87 million.

Episode 01-09: Wednesday, 09/04/13
0.5 demo rating (-17% change) with 1.65 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 0.64 in the demo with 1.88 million.

Episode 01-08: Wednesday, 08/28/13
0.6 demo rating (0% change) with 1.77 million (+7% change).
Season averages: 0.66 in the demo with 1.91 million.

Episode 01-07: Wednesday, 08/21/13
0.6 demo rating (-14% change) with 1.66 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 0.67 in the demo with 1.93 million.

Episode 01-06: Wednesday, 08/14/13
0.7 demo rating (0% change) with 1.63 million (-15% change).
Season averages: 0.68 in the demo with 1.98 million.

Episode 01-05: Wednesday, 08/07/13
0.7 demo rating (+17% change) with 1.92 million (+10% change).
Season averages: 0.68 in the demo with 2.05 million.

Episode 01-04: Wednesday, 07/31/13
0.6 demo rating (-14% change) with 1.75 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 0.68 in the demo with 2.08 million.

Episode 01-03: Wednesday, 07/24/13
0.7 demo rating (+40% change) with 1.78 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 0.70 in the demo with 2.19 million.

Episode 01-02: Wednesday, 07/17/13
0.5 demo rating (-44% change) with 1.74 million (-43% change).
Season averages: 0.70 in the demo with 2.39 million.

Episode 01-01: Wednesday, 07/10/13 (90 minutes)
0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.04 million total viewers.
Season average: 0.90 in the demo with 3.04 million.

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