‘Falling Skies’ Renewed for Season Three on TNT

Noah Wyle plays a post-apocalyptic, alien fighter in "Falling Skies" (Photo: TNT)

Mankind is not dead yet.

That’s the word from TNT, which announced Wednesday it is renewing “Falling Skies,” its apocalyptic, alien-invasion drama, for a third season.

The renewal news comes as the series is only a few weeks into its second season. But it’s the ratings so far this season that apparently earned the series a third go-round.

TNT’s announcement noted that, ratings-wise, “Falling Skies” is doing just what it’s supposed to do — draw viewers, particularly the demographic groups advertisers crave.

About halfway into its second season, “Falling Skies” is averaging 5.9 million viewers a week, Sunday nights at 9/8c on TNT. The cable network says the series is the highest-rated drama on basic cable this summer in the target demo, adults 18-49 (although the network provided no figure for that audience segment).

Whatever the figure actually is, it apparently emboldened TNT to commit to a 10-episode Season Three that will start in 2013.

“Falling Skies” stars Noah Wyle as one member of a group of survivors holding their own — barely — against savage, but technologically advanced invaders from outer space. The show is from executive producer Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks Television production company.

You can watch the second-season premiere of “Falling Skies” right here:
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