Yesterday, the Viacom-owned network announced its decision to renew the revived competitive reality series by ordering 20 additional episodes from Endemol Shine North America. Ludacris will return to host the show. “I’m looking forward to season two of Fear Factor and it being more ludicrous than the first season,” said Ludacris.
This news comes as no shock to me and was a no-brainer for MTV, given Fear Factor‘s overall sturdy performance in its Tuesday night time slot among its core young viewing audience. The May 30 series premiere averaged 936,000 total viewers and a 0.47 A18-49 rating, and ranked fourth in the top 150 original cable telecasts for that evening among the key demo. Since then, Fear Factor has consistently continued to place within the top 50 every Tuesday night a new episode airs, including this week’s season finale that ranked 39th.
The new edition of Fear Factor is more geared toward millennials and focuses more on the team’s personal fears, such as getting electrocuted, drowning, losing their cell phone and being buried alive. Although there aren’t as many vertically-challenging or extremely gross, stomach-churning stunts as seen on the NBC series, the Fear Factor revival still contains a variety of daunting stunts not designed for the faint-hearted. I’m glad this excellent revival will be sticking around for another year.
Catch up on the entire first season of the MTV version on MTV.com.