‘Zoo’ Renewed by CBS for Season 2

Series premiere was the most-watched scripted broadcast debut of summer

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CBS has renewed freshman drama “Zoo” for a second season, the network announced Friday.

The next season will broadcast during summer 2016. The premiere episode of “Zoo” attracted 8 million viewers in June, making it the most watched scripted broadcast series premiere of the summer.

Based on the bestselling novel by James Patterson, “Zoo” is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet.

It joins the previously announced series “BrainDead,” a new one-hour comic thriller from Robert and Michelle King, and the next edition of the summer reality hit “Big Brother” on CBS’s 2016 summer line-up.

“Zoo’s thrilling stories clicked with audiences each week during a very competitive summer,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “We’re excited for viewers to see where our talented writers and cast take them as the adventure continues to unfold during season two in the ultimate fight of man vs. beast.”

“Zoo” is produced by CBS Television Studios. The series is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Michael Katleman, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen are executive producers.

The first season of “Zoo” is now available on Netflix in the U.S.