Though A&E determined that “every dog has its day” when it canceled “Dog the Bounty Hunter” after eight seasons, the Dog lives on at CMT.
Bounty hunters ‘Dog”, Beth and Leland Chapman will continue to hunt down fugitives on that network, as CMT has picked up an additional 11 episodes of the first season of “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.” The full first season order will now total 22 episodes. Production on the back 11 will begin immediately, and will air in August. The show is currently airing Sun. nights at 8:00 p.m.
Though ratings dwindled for the bounty hunting family at A&E, the show has ranked as CMT”s top current series, growing substantially in Live +3, averaging over one million total viewers. Repeats of the show continually over-index on the channel, tracking at +42% above other CMT originals. On video-on-demand, the “Dog and Beth: The Preview Special” (which originally aired on CMT April 14) was the highest performing long-form series ever offered by the network over a two week time span.
On social media, the show has garnered a following on both Facebook via the CMT Dog and Beth page and via Twitter. The hashtag #CMTDogAndBeth trended nationally during the show”s premiere. The show”s Facebook page has also grown to over 260,000 “Likes” and fan responses to posts on the FB page have reached as high as 22,000 per post, marking an unprecedented level of engagement across the network”s social pages. The CMT-created FB app “The Dog Pack” has grown to almost 50,000 members, and provides super fans with exclusive content each week.