Unscripted skein nabs second season

MTV has renewed “Catfish: The TV Show” for a second season, after its frosh run broke ratings records for the cabler.

Unscripted skein’s debut on Nov. 12 was MTV’s highest rated series preem in its 11 p.m. timeslot, and for six consecutive weeks “Catfish” has ranked as Monday’s top cable series among viewers 12-34. What’s more, the hourlong program demonstrates robust social media engagement, according to Trendrr.

“‘Catfish: The TV Show’ has truly captured the zeitgeist of the digital dating age,” said Dave Sirulnick, executive vice president of MTV Multiplatform. “The show has resonated with our audience by portraying the real life journeys of individuals trying to navigate the highs and lows of online dating – an experience our viewers can relate to. We are thrilled to bring the show back for a second season, and look forward to the fascinating stories that only Nev and Max can uncover.”

Season one of “Catfish” will begin airing internationally on MTV channels beginning next month.

“Catfish: The TV Show” is produced by RelativityREAL and Catfish Picture Company. RelativityREAL’s Tom Forman, Brad Bishop and Julie Link Steffens serve as exec producers along with David Metzler, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Nev Schulman, Andrew Jarecki and Mark Smerling. For MTV, Marshall Eisen, Nomi Ernst Leidner and Dave Sirulnick exec produce.

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