It looks like Dr. Ben Song will be lost, bouncing through time for a bit longer.
NBC Has given their freshman sequel/reboot series Quantum Leap, an early renewal for a second season. This marks the first show on the network’s schedule to get re-upped for another year.
Quantum Leap stars Raymond Lee as a scientist who revives the titular secret time travel that launched Scott Backula’s Dr. Sam Beckett into the past in the original series. As Lee’s Ben Song bounces around the decades trying to help the people he encounters, his colleagues back at Project: Quantum Leap work to bring him home and unravel the mystery of why he jumped into the past to begin with.
The revival of the popular early-1990s science-fiction series launched this past September, and NBC was happy enough with its performance out of the box that it ordered an additional six episodes atop of its initial 12 in early October. The show has finished airing the first half of its season and will return with new episodes on January 2.
In a statement, Lisa Katz, president scripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said –
We’re leaping into a second season thanks to the incredible work by our cast, producers, writers and everyone who has played a role in giving this iconic NBC series a new life. As we continue to bring audiences to our must-watch dramas, it’s gratifying to know Quantum Leap will have a prominent place next season both on our NBC schedule and next day on Peacock.
Through it’s first half-season run of eight episodes, Quantum Leap has averaged approximately 4.34 million viewers which translates to a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 after a week of Nielsen-measured delayed viewing. This number does not include viewing data for NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock. However, it must be strong enough for the network to grant a sophomore season. The Hollywood Reporter states that according to the network “the series premiere has amassed 10.8 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic across all platforms since its Sept. 19 debut, tripling its total audience and quadrupling its demo rating from the initial airing (3.35 million, 0.48).”