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‘Aquarius’ Renewed for Season 2 by NBC

Period crime drama stars David Duchovny

NBC has decided to extend the age of “Aquarius” for at least another season.

The network has ordered a second season of the David Duchovny drama, NBC said Thursday.

The series stars “The X-Files” and “Californication” alum Duchovny as a Los Angeles police officer on the trail of Charles Manson. The first season was released via streaming video in its entirety following its May premiere.

“With its riveting drama and innovative release strategy, ‘Aquarius’ has excited the critics, hooked millions of viewers and energized our summer,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement Thursday. “It’s no secret that the way people watch television is evolving, so we took a unique approach to how we delivered ‘Aquarius’ and it’s driven some record numbers for NBC Digital and helped us reach viewers who might have otherwise overlooked a great summer drama.”

According to NBC, through 28 days, “Aquarius” is the second-most viewed drama premiere on NBC.com and the NBC App, behind “The Blacklist.”

In real-time, traditional viewing, “Aquarius” hasn’t exactly blown the doors off; the most recent episode drew a 0.7 rating/3 share in the 18-49 demographic most important to viewers, a 13 percent drop from the previous week that tied its lowest to-date numbers.

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