ABC Renews ‘BattleBots’ for Season 2

Network revived former cable show as summer competition series

ABC has renewed “BattleBots” for a second season, the network announced Thursday.

Following the summer ratings hit “Celebrity Family Feud,” the six-episode first season of “BattleBots” earned an average of 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49.

Season 2 will keep the single-elimination tournament format of the first, but will double the size of the field to include expert roboticists, garage builders, families on a mission and past winners returning to defend their turf.

The summer competition series is produced by Whalerock Industries. Creators of the “BattleBots” franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson serve as executive producers with Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, and Aaron Catling.

ABC’s “BattleBots” is a reboot of the Comedy Central original of the same name, featuring hosts Bil Dwyer, Sean Salisbury and science guy Bill Nye as a technical expert. The show ran for five seasons before being canceled in 2002.