The Purge may not be actually happening in America on election night, but The Purge as a TV show appears to be here to stay. The next Purge movie, the fourth, will likely be the last, but the show, which started in 2018, seems likely to take the concept’s legacy well into the future.
The Hollywood Reporter said on Tuesday that the Jason Blum horror project will see a second season on USA Network. The 10-episode first season premiered in September and its season finale fittingly aired on election night. And ahead of that finale, USA announced that they’ll welcome more chaos and legalized murder on its networks.
“USA Network is so proud to be the television home for the iconic franchise The Purge,” president of entertainment networks for NBC Universal said in a release. “The partnership and creative trust of [executive producer] Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured The Purge‘s successful transition from film to TV — and along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in season two.”
The Purge has always been part-political drama and part horror film, one that errs on the side of absurdity more than reality. But According to The Hollywood Reporter, ratings for the show’s first season have been strong.
The Purge has performed well for USA and is currently the cabler’s top-rated drama series. It is averaging 2.3 million viewers, 1.2 million of whom are adults 18-49 (which translates to a 0.9 rating), with seven days of delayed viewing.
More episodes mean more chances to imagine what you’d do in the Purge, and perhaps given the results on Tuesday those thoughts might have to become reality sooner than you’d think.