“I definitely think there could be a Season 3.” That’s the word from Fox Television Group co-chairman/CEO Dana Walden, when asked to survey the future of (relative) summertime hit Wayward Pines, which recently wrapped its (unexpected) sophomore run.
Though the supernatural drama, which exhausted its source material with Season 1, “struggled” in the ratings the second time around, “It’s still the No. 1 scripted show of the summer,” Walden noted on Monday after her appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Wayward Pines this season averaged 2.4 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating in Live+Same Day ratings, versus its freshman run’s 3.8 mil/1.1. But with DVR playback, the Season 2 finale numbers, for example, swelled more than 50 percent, from 2.2 mil/0.7 to 3.5 mil/1.1. As such, Fox is waiting for a more complete picture before ruling on the series’ fate.
“We don’t know yet what we’re going to find when the multi-platform numbers roll up, ultimately how big that audience [can be],” Walden said.
Addressing Wayward‘s creative meandering this season, working as it was from scratch with no novels to serve as a guide, “I think I’m sharing a point of view of [executive producer M. Night Shyamalan]’s – the first couple episodes were trying to find their way, in a reset. But by the third episode on, it really hit its stride.”