TNT orders second season of sci-fi drama

Earth’s alien invasion will last at least another year, as TNT’s sci-fi drama “Falling Skies” has been given a second-season renewal.

Skein kicked off June 19 to strong ratings, drawing 5.9 million in its two-hour debut. The second week dropped to 4.2 million, but when including repeat telecasts and DVR usage, “Falling Skies” is averaging 6.4 million viewers over a three-week run.

Series stars Noah Wyle as a professor and father who tries to put his knowledge of military history to use in fighting an invading alien force. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton and Drew Roy co-star.

“‘Falling Skies’ is a true standout series, from its ambitious storytelling, high-profile cast and production team to its phenomenal success when it comes to international and time-shifted viewing,” said TNT topper Michael Wright. “We’re reaching new audiences and look forward to seeing where this fascinating and exciting series takes us next.”

Steven Spielberg exec produces with Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Graham Yost and Robert Rodat, who wrote the pilot.

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