Showtime Renews Californication


Showtime has greenlit a second season of the David Duchovny starrer “Californication,” which has emerged as a freshman hit. Twelve additional episodes of the half-hour comedy have been ordered, with filming expected to start in April.

After a strong debut last month, Variety says “Californication” has impressed Showtime executives by adding viewers. Its last three Monday premiere telecasts have averaged 18% more viewers than the show’s Aug. 13 debut, scoring Showtime’s best ratings for a new series since 2004.

Most cable shows tend to premiere well and then lose eyeballs, making “Californication’s” performance all the more encouraging for Showtime.