The network has officially decided to renew the modestly-rated series for another 10 episodes, in the hopes that picking the series up for more episodes will help viewership begin to grow.
"Craig Silverstein, Barry Josephson and a talented cast and crew delivered a truly distinctive and engaging premiere season. We look forward to continuing this revolutionary journey into season two," said Charlie Collier, AMC President in a statement. "AMC and its creative partners have a track record of nurturing programs we collectively believe in, patiently growing viewership and engagement over time. With Turn, once again, we dive in with our partners to build upon this very promising first season."
The network famously launched hit series Breaking Bad to low ratings, before watching it steadily grow and eventually end on a high note with record viewerships, and a highly-anticipated spin-off series in the works. That spin-off, Better Call Saul, has already received a second season order even before the first began premiering. It is slated for a 2015 premiere.
Turn averaged about two million viewers per episode, including DVR playback, which AMC hopes to help grow by pairing encore episodes of the first season with Hell on Wheels Saturday nights through the summer.
Before a Season 2 pick-up was even announced, EP Craig Silverstein revealed some of his plans for the second season, which included Abe becoming more fully committed to his cause as a member of the Culper Spy Ring.
"I would say he's all in," Silverstein said. "Of course, now he has some extra complications in the form of Mary and stuff, but he's all in and on his terms...he's really kind of taking charge now, not just taking orders."