A resurrected format that did well after ABC brought it back earlier this year will return for a second season. The network announced it will bring back “BattleBots” for season two.
The ABC revival of the series comes from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original “BattleBots” franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. The original “BattleBots” aired for five seasons on Comedy Central in the early 2000s.
“During its first season, ABC’s ‘BattleBots’ ranked as the No. 1 series in its time period in Total Viewers (5.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.7/5), as well as across all key Men demos (M18-34/M18-49/M25-54),” ABC noted in its announcement. “‘BattleBots’ improved its hour year to year by double-digit percentages with Total Viewers (+10%), Adults 18-49 (+31%), Men 18-34 (+63%), Men 18-49 (+73%), Men 25-54 (+69%). In addition, the broad-appealing unscripted series was Sunday’s top-rated broadcast show of the summer with Kids 2-11.”
The series is executive produced by Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Ed Roski, Greg Munson and Aaron Catling.
In announcing the pickup, ABC vowed: “The second season of ‘BattleBots’ will continue to wow viewers with next generation robots — bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before. The robots will again wage battle in a single elimination tournament until there is one champion. The tournament will double in size and feature an expanded field to include expert roboticists, garage builders, families on a mission, as well as past winners returning to defend their turf. Viewers will see new technologies, more destructive bots, and even the possibility of drones and flying battlebots. The tournament will be open invitation with the bots and builders casting process beginning immediately.”