FX Gives ‘Justified’ a Second Season

Based on an Elmore Leonard short story, series had the most-watched series premiere in FX history

FX has ordered a second season of its Tuesday night U.S. marshal series "Justified," John Landgraf, network president and general manager, announced on Monday.

Starring Timothy Olyphant and based on the Elmore Leonard character Raylan Givens from his short story “Fire in the Hole,” 13 new episodes have been ordered. The show is midway through its first-season run.

The No. 1-rated new series on basic cable for men 18-49 (1.1 million), “Justified” was the most-watched series premiere in FX history, with 4.9 million total viewers, surpassing “The Shield’s” 4.8 million total viewers.

“We are very excited about the tremendous, widespread acclaim that ‘Justified’ has received from both audiences and television critics,” said Landgraf in a statement.  

"This pick-up speaks volumes to the quality and collaboration on the series, and our unparalleled partnership with FX,” Jamie Erlicht, president of programming for Sony Pictures Television added.  "The viewer response to Justified  has been as enthusiastic as ours was when we first heard the pitch."