AMC is "betting on talent" and renewing low-rated "Halt and Catch Fire."

AMC is under no illusion that drama “Halt and Catch Fire” emerged as a hit during its first season.

In a press release issued Wednesday, it outright explains that the series developed “a committed core audience and notable critical acclaim” rather than a large following.

Despite the clear subtext of that comment, the same press release nonetheless notes that “Halt” has been renewed for a second season.

“This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground – themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience,” says AMC’s Charlie Collier. “We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time. We see that opportunity here and look forward to a second season of ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ from creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, and showrunner Jonathan Lisco.”

AMC notes that the show’s episodes averaged just 1.3 million on a live+7 basis. 606,000 of those viewers fell into the coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

The second season of “Halt” premieres next summer.

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