BBC Renews “Merlin”

The BBC announced yesterday that “Merlin” has been renewed for a second season.

The series has garnered solid ratings in the UK, averaging an audience of 6.2 million viewers for the first eight episodes, with a 28% average share.   The series airs on Saturday evenings in the UK and is targeted toward a family audience.  It stars Anthony Head, Colin Morgan, Bradley James and Richard Wilson.

The series chronicles the friendship between Arthur and Merlin and is set in the mythical town of Camelot.  It picks up the story just as Arthur becomes king and Merlin is learning about his magical powers.

The series has been sold to 112 markets across the world as well.  Right to air the series in the United States belong to NBC.

It is speculated that NBC may combine the first and second series of the show for broadcast in the U.S.  Each series will run 13 episodes.

It’s also speculated that NBC may use this series to fill programming holes that could be created by a SAG strike.



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