–They need to kill of Bud if they’re hoping for a second season. He is crude, the furthest from charming, and absolutely repulsive. Of course everyone’s going to rally for Elaine if this is who she considers her biggest political detriment. This is lazy writing – creating a compelling, likeable character only to realize OH WAIT he’s shady as all hell is what I would like to see. I do hope it gets a second season, as Douglas and TJ are quite interesting and I daresay I like them more than their parents. — CDT
Originally posted on TVLine:
Though Political Animals, USA Network’s star-studded “limited series event,” by no means roared out of the gate ratings-wise, laying claim to a piece of the pop culture conversation and generating buzz in other ways could – could – be enough to trigger a Season 2 pick-up.
Facing stiff competition in its July 15 bow – including Breaking Bad‘s final season opener, HBO’s noisy if polarizing The Newsroom and A&E’s ever-rising Longmire – Political Animals started off with an audience of 2.6 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating. In Week 2, those numbers dipped, about 10 percent.
But when asked if there was a ratings target/minimum that would prompt a renewal order, NBC Universal chair Bonnie Hammer shook her head and told TVLine, “We never quite measure it that black-and-white. We want to see what the response is, we want to see who comes [and see] what kind of interesting buzz it brings to USA as a whole.