Defying the ABC new summer reality series curse, BattleBots will return for a second season. Like its earlier incarnation, the series was fun in the form of metal destroying metal—and, yes, human ingenuity and skill.
Casting begins soon, but ABC did not say when the show will return. But it did promise that season two will follow the same format except “the tournament will double in size and feature an expanded field.”
In its press release announcing the renewal, ABC cited its ratings, which won its timeslot among adults, but was also very popular with kids:
“…BattleBots ranked as the No. 1 series in its time period in Total Viewers (5.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.7/5), as well as across all key Men demos (M18-34/M18-49/M25-54). BattleBots improved its hour year to year by double-digit percentages with Total Viewers (+10%), Adults 18-49 (+31%), Men 18-34 (+63%), Men 18-49 (+73%), Men 25-54 (+69%). In addition, the broad-appealing unscripted series was Sunday’s top-rated broadcast show of the summer with Kids 2-11.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the episodes of season one that I watched. It delivered everything it needed to deliver for fans of the old series and new viewers.