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A&E Renews ‘Storage Wars’ For Season 2

By | Friday January 7, 2011 @ 6:01am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A month into the freshman run of A&E’s unscripted series Storage Wars, the cable network has renewed the show for a second season with a 20-episode order. Production on Season 2 is already under way for a premiere in the second quarter of this year. In its Dec.1 hourlong debut, Storage Wars drew 2 million viewers, A&E’s best premiere numbers for an unscripted series last year. The series has been growing since, averaging 2.3 million viewers to date. “Storage Wars has garnered critical acclaim and has risen above the competition,” Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E and BIO Channel said. “Premium storytelling and amazing characters have set our show apart.”

Storage Wars, from Thom Beers’ FremantleMedia-owned Original Prods., follows fast-talking auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson and the group of loyal bidders that frequent their storage unit sales. It is one of 2 cable reality shows about storage unit auctions that launched in the fourth quarter, along with Spike’s Auction Hunters. Both series earned 20-episode second-season pickups a month after their premieres. Storage Wars is executive produced by Beers and Philip D. Segal.

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Solid Debut For A&E’s ‘Storage Wars’

Nellie Andreeva

Storage Unit auctions is turning to be the hottest new area in reality television. On the heels of Spike renewing its freshman Auction Hunters with a 20-episode order, the largest ever for a second season on the network, A&E’s Storage Wars, executive produced by Thom Beers, posted the network’s best premiere numbers for an unscripted series this year. The series averaged 2 million viewers for its hourlong premiere last night, 1.2 million of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. (Auction Hunters debuted earlier this month with 1.1 million total viewers.)

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