Photo of Zazie Beetz & Donald Glover in 'Atlanta,' by Guy D'Alema
Just three episodes into its debut run, Donald Glover's Atlanta has already been renewed by FX for a second season, the networked confirmed Tuesday.
The cable net also renewed fellow freshman Better Things, which stars Pamela Adlon, who created the comedy alongside previous collaborator Louis C.K.
“It’s really gratifying to launch two new comedies that have received overwhelming critical acclaim right out of the gate and that are emblematic of FX’s award-winning brand,” FX Networks presidents of original programming Nick Grad and Eric Schrier said in a statement. “It is clear to us that Atlanta and Better Things have struck a nerve with viewers."
The early renewals are somewhat of a departure for FX, which tends to lean on delayed viewing trends. But as Deadline points out, both have been strong ratings performers, with Atlanta specifically standing out.
The Glover-led dramedy had the most-watched premiere for a basic cable comedy in three years. Its most recent episode, only its third overall, gained 23% in the coveted 18-49 demographic, from 1.1 million to 1.3 million viewers. It also saw a 16% jump in delayed viewership (live plus three days).
Both series will return for a 10-episode second season sometime next year.