Tattoo-themed programs have big presence at cabler
Spike TV has renewed ratings darlings “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares” for new seasons.Cabler ordered 13 hourlong episodes of “Ink Master” for its third season, slated to bow next summer. Season two of the tattoo competish series, which is currently airing, averages 1.8 million viewers in its Tuesday 10 p.m. timeslot, according to Nielsen. “Ink Master” is produced by Original Media, with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter exec producing. “Tattoo Nightmares” received a greenlight for season two as its current frosh run averages 1.5 million viewers at 11 p.m. following like-minded “Ink Master.” Show, which improved the timeslot vs. last year by 187% in the 18-49 demo, will debut 26 episodes next year. “Tattoo Nightmares” is produced by 495 Prods., with SallyAnn Salsano and Joel Zimmer serving as exec producers. “The real stakes and compelling drama that both ‘Ink Master’ and ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ deliver resonates with our ever-expanding audience,” said Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s exec VP of original series. Renewals follow the greenlight of new tattoo series “Tattoo Rescue” last month.