Pickup comes 3 weeks after premiere

ABC has given a second season greenlight to summer series “Rookie Blue.”

Pickup comes just three weeks after the drama premiered on ABC in the U.S. and in Canada on Canwest’s Global Television.

The Canadian acquisition, from E1 Entertainment, is the latest series from up north to gain traction in the States. “Rookie Blue” scored ABC’s highest-scripted debut ratings in six years.

It now ranks second in its Thursday timeslot behind “So You Think You Can Dance,” among adults 18-49 and 18-34.”We’re very pleased that the show has connected with viewers, especially considering the challenge of finding an audience in the summer,” said Quinn Taylor, ABC Entertainment Group’s senior VP of movies, minis and acquisitions.

Thump Inc. developed the show and produces with E1. Exec producers include Tassie Cameron, Ilana Frank, Noreen Halpern, John Morayniss and David Wellington.”The creative troika of Tassie, David and Ilana is the secret behind the out-of-the-gate success of ‘Rookie Blue,'” said Halpern, president of dramatic programming at E1 Television.

Outside the U.S., Canada, France and Germany, the rights to “Rookie Blue” in other global territories were acquired by Universal Networks Intl.

Shot in Toronto, “Rookie Blue” centers on five new cops policing the big city. Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Charlotte Sullivan, Enuka Okuma and Travis Milne star.

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