The network announced Wednesday it has renewed the 1980s-set drama for a second season that will roll out next summer.
"Halt and Catch Fire" took viewers into the early days of the rise of the personal computer in Texas' Silicon Prairie, the often overlooked stepsister to Silicon Valley. It stars
Ahead of the drama's premiere, AMC President
But not everyone saw it that way. The series premiered to 1.2 million total viewers in June, just below half of what the network's war drama "Turn" delivered with its opening. While it averaged 1.3 million viewers (below the 1.8 million that the network's now-canceled "Low Winter Sun" delivered), the series closed out its first season this month to about 574,000 total viewers. When delayed viewing over seven days are factored in, that number climbs to slightly below 1 million viewers.
Throughout the network's release announcing the show's renewal, it made sure to characterize the turnout as a "committed core audience" and "passionate audience." And Collier, in his canned statment, played up the network's reputation for patience.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to continue telling this story. Our series about creation, innovation and taking bold risks wouldn't be possible if it weren't for our partners at AMC, a network known for these very things. Harnessing the momentum of our first season, this next chapter will take the rich characters our audience has come to love in new and surprising directions."