Bates Motel Renewed For a Second Season by A&E

Bates Motel

A&E’s Psycho prequel series, Bates Motel, has been renewed for a second season. The premiere of Bates Motel had 4.5 million total viewers and 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 18-49, based on Live+7 viewership, making it the most-watched original drama debut in the key demos in the network’s history.

Said Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel:

“Bates Motel’ has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal audience in its first few weeks. With superb writing and exceptional acting, led by the critically acclaimed performances of Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, we’re incredibly excited to see where Carlton and Kerry take Norma and Norman Bates next.”

Season two of Bates Motel will begin pre-production later this year on ten new episodes slated to premiere in 2014.