It looks like 1.1 million viewers were enough for HBO to renew Luck for a second season, according to the Los Angeles Times. The horse-racing drama, which focuses on the seedy underbelly of the gambling world, premiered this past Sunday nearly a month after the premium cable network presented a sneak peak of the pilot episode. That airing also garnered 1.1 million views.
The first season will consist of nine episodes and air its finale in March, and production on a 10-episode second season to premiere in January 2013 will start later this year.
Considering the star power of Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, it’s not hard to wonder why HBO would bring back the series even though it was out-viewed by a direct competitor, Showtime’s Shameless. The William H. Macy drama pulled in 1.37 million viewers during the same timeslot.
The second episode of Luck airs on Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.