AMC’s “Into the Badlands” is only halfway through its second season, but the network has already renewed the series for an expanded 16-episode third season set to premiere in 2018.
The hit martial arts drama, starring Daniel Wu who also serves as one of the show’s executive producers, is averaging a total of 3.6 million viewers with 2.2 million between the ages of 25 and 54, according to Nielsen live-plus-three ratings.
Those figures make it the fourth most-watched returning drama behind “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story” and “Fear the Walking Dead”.
“Into the Badlands’ looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, according to Variety.
“Thanks to series creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, the terrific cast, led by Daniel Wu, the amazing martial arts team guided by the incomparable Master Dee Dee and fight directors Stephen Fung and Andy Cheng, and everyone else involved who brings this thrill ride to the fans.”
“We are excited and grateful to continue our journey into the Badlands with Charlie, Joel, Susie and all of our friends at AMC,” Gough and Millar said in a joint statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“We also want to give a big clipper salute to our Irish and Chinese partners! The thought of doing an expanded 16-episode season is both thrilling and exhausting!!”
“Into the Badlands” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. Eastern on AMC.