&E Checks Back Into 'Bates Motel'

Skein performs well in adults 18-49, 25-54

A&E has renewed “Bates Motel,” ordering 10 episodes of the drama from Universal TV.

The “Psycho” prequel series has performed strongly on the cabler. Its debut drew 4.5 million viewers based on full-week DVR playback, making it the most-watched original drama bow in A&E’s history.

Show is exec produced by Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin.

“ ‘Bates Motel’ has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal audience in its first few weeks,” said Bob DeBitetto, prexy and g.m. of A&E Network and Bio Channel. “With superb writing and exceptional acting…we’re excited to see where Carlton and Kerry take Norma and Norman Bates next.”

Second season of the Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore starrer will bow next year.

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