Following a strong showing for its first season finale, ITV has confirmed that the David Tennant-led mystery series "Broadchurch" will return for a second season.
The new crime drama quickly became a big hit in the UK, drawing strong ratings throughout its run, with a US release still forthcoming on BBC America.
The series drew an average of 7.1 million viewers during its eight episode season, with the premiere and finale both drawing even higher numbers at 9.1 million and 9.3 million viewers, respectively.
"We’re delighted to be commissioning a second series of Broadchurch," said ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham. "From the moment the murder scene was discovered, viewers became gripped by the series, and we’ve been genuinely thrilled by the audience response. David and Olivia’s performances and Chris’ cleverly crafted scripts have created a truly compelling drama."
"Broadchurch" revolves around the immense impact that the mysterious death of a young boy has on the residents of a tightly knit small town. Tennant plays a visiting investigator flown in to assist local investigator Olivia Colman, and together the two learn that there is far more to the death than previously thought. The series is written by Chris Chibnall ("Law & Order: UK"), who is likely to return for the second series.
The series creator said of the announcement, "The whole Broadchurch team has been delighted and properly gobsmacked by the response from ITV viewers. When I first talked to Peter Fincham and Laura Mackie, ITV’s director of drama about 'Broadchurch,' I mentioned that if people liked it, there was another very different story we could tell afterwards. I'm really thrilled we're going to tell that story, too."