Falling Skies has been picked up for a 10-episode second season by TNT after posting strong ratings through its first few weeks in homes.
The Falling Skies premiere drew 8 million viewers and to date ranks as the biggest cable premiere this year. A pair of subsequent episodes have naturally trailed off some, but the Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks TV-produced show is still performing strong with an average of 6.4 million viewers per episode.
ER alum Noah Wyle stars in Falling Skies as a reluctant co-leader of a resistance group fighting to stay alive after the earth was attacked and taken over by aliens called Skitters. While subsequently fighting for his life and those around him, Wyle’s character is also trying to save one of his sons who the Skitters kidnapped and are controlling along with scores of other teenagers.
Viewer reactions to Falling Skies have been mixed since the show premiered to lofty expectations. The emphasis on soap opera drama amongst the survivors and neglect of learning more about the Skitters and their motivations has turned away many who tuned into the premiere. Those that have stuck with it have already been rewarded with the season 2 green light.
Falling Skies season 2 is expected to debut in June, 2012. The next episode, ‘Silent Kill,’ debuts tonight on TNT at 10 PM EST/PST.