Sky has commissioned a second series of its Arctic-set crime drama 'Fortitude'. The ten-episode run will air in 2016.
The show was Sky's first original program to be broadcast across all of its European channels simultaneously. The first episode was watched by 2.66 million people in the UK, and the series as a whole averaged 1.69 million viewers. That makes it Sky Atlantic's most successful original commission.
It also attracted lots of new viewers to Sky Atlantic – more than half of its viewers tuned in to the channel for the first time.
It sold to more than 100 broadcasters around the world.
The series stars Stanley Tucci, Christopher Ecclestone, Michael Gambon and Richard Dormer. It's set in the Arctic Circle, and focusses on a series of unsettling events in the fictional town of Fortitude.
"It's a privilege to return to Fortitude," said Simon Donald, creator and lead writer.
"It's a place where the real and the feared live side by side, where old dark secrets thaw out into the chill light of the arctic day. I'd never been anywhere like Fortitude before and I can't wait to go back."
Zai Bennett, channel director, Sky Atlantic, added: "Simon Donald created a unique and unsettling story which, week after week, has captivated our customers.
"I am absolutely delighted that we will be bringing 'Fortitude' back next year with a story that promises to engage, challenge and entral us all over again."