Showtime renews ‘Californication’

Duchovny show greenlit for second season

Showtime is getting ready to engage in some more “Californication.”

Cabler has greenlit a second season of the David Duchovny starrer, which has emerged as a frosh hit. Twelve additional episodes of the half-hour comedy have been ordered, with lensing expected to start in April.

After a strong debut last month, “Californication” has impressed Showtime execs by adding viewers. Its last three Monday premiere telecasts have averaged 18% more viewers than the show’s Aug. 13 debut, scoring Showtime’s best ratings for a new series since 2004.

Most cable shows tend to premiere well and then lose eyeballs, making “Californication’s” perf all the more encouraging for Showtime.

When the multiple weekly plays of “Californication” are added up, skein is averaging just shy of 2 million viewers each week and is holding onto roughly 90% of its “Weeds” lead-in. Showtime is seen in about 14 million homes.

“Californication” is the latest in a string of success stories for Showtime and entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt. Other shows that have performed solidly for the net recently include “Weeds,” “Dexter,” “The Tudors” and “Brotherhood.”