HBO Renews Luck For Second Season Despite Lackluster Premiere Ratings

HBO is betting big on Luck, renewing the Dustin Hoffman drama for a second season just two days after the Season 1 premiere drew lackluster ratings.

Despite Sunday’s opener attracting just over 1 million viewers in its initial 9 pm airing, the cabler announced Tuesday that it has ordered a 10-episode second season of the David Milch/Michael Mann-produced horse racing yarn to air in January 2013.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the critical response to this beautiful piece of work,” said HBO’s top programmer, Michael Lombardo, “and we are very excited about where David and Michael plan to take these incredible characters.”