By Mike Reynolds — Special to TVWeek
Starz has powered up with a third-season order for its original series that had a record-breaking second season.
The premium network has picked up crime drama “Power” for a third campaign. Production on the 10-episode season will commence in September at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn.
The New York-based drama, starring Omari Hardwick as James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick, will see creator, executive producer and showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh return to the helm, alongside executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon.
Starz retains all global distribution and home entertainment rights to the series, which airs in more than 175 countries/territories around the world.
“Power’s” second-season bow on June 6 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) averaged 1.43 million viewers on a Nielsen, live + same-day basis to stand as the biggest season premiere episode for a Starz original series The delivery was almost 1 million more than the series’ premiere last June (462,000) and 32% above its first-season finale’s 1.08 million.
All told, the second-season premiere tallied 3.62 million live+same-day watchers over the weekend, which surpassed the network’s previous best mark: the 3.33 million viewers for episode five of “Spartacus Vengeance.
“Power” has particular appeal among African-Americans, with the second-season bow drawing 1.1 million watchers to rank as cable’s top show with the group on June 6 and sixth for the June 1-7 period.
“I am thrilled to learn that season three of ‘Power’ has been officially ordered by Starz,” said Kemp Agboh. “It is an honor to work with Chris Albrecht, Carmi Zlotnik, Ken Segna and the whole Starz team. Their support has been steadfast from the beginning, and I look forward to a bright future together.”
Noted Jackson: “‘Power is’ a project I have been passionate about since day one. I am glad the audience loves the show as much as we do, and we are just getting started.”
Officials said Starz claims three of the top eight debuting/returning show premieres during 2015 to date in the premium TV space: HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” 7.99 million viewers for its fifth season-starter on April 12; HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” 2.13 million viewers for its second-season bow on April 12; Showtime’s “Shameless,’ 1.77 million watchers for its fifth-season premiere on Jan. 11; ‘Power,’ 1.43 million for its second-season debut on June 6; HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ 1.4 million for its 13th-season beginners on Jan. 9; Starz’s Outlander, 1.22 million for its second- season starter on April 4; HBO’s “Veep,” 1.05 million for its fourth-season debut on April 12; and Starz’s “Black Sails,” 860,000 for its third-season beginner on Jan. 24.
The author of this piece, Mike Reynolds, is a veteran media and sports reporter and was most recently the news editor at Multichannel News. You can reach him at email@example.com or 914-320-6532. We appreciate Mike making this original piece available to TVWeek.