The Americans Renewed for Season 2 by FX

Series premiere of Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys-starring show, was the most-watched debut of any FX series ever, attracting 5.1 million viewers

By Tierney Bricker Feb 21, 2013 10:40 PMTags
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The Russians are here to stay!

FX has officially renewed The Americans for a 13-episode second season just four episodes into its freshman run, the network announced today.

The series premiere of The Americans, which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as two KGB spies posing as Americans in 1981, was the most-watched debut of any FX series ever, attracting 5.1 million viewers.

"The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part FX's acclaimed drama line-up," John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks, said in a statement. "Executive Producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields and Graham Yost and their collaborators are telling riveting and deeply emotional stories and the performances of Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and the entire cast are simply outstanding.  The show is truly worthy of its widespread critical acclaim and we are confident that its quality will continue to yield a robust and passionate audience."

Nine new episodes remain in the drama's first season, with the season finale scheduled to air on May 1.

"We're very grateful to John Landgraf, Nick Grad, Eric Schrier and everyone at FX for their unwavering support of our show," creator Joe Weisberg said. "We're thrilled to be able to continue writing stories for such an incredibly talented cast led by Keri, Matthew and Noah. This has been an amazing experience for me and it couldn't have happened without the tireless efforts of our cast and crew.  We appreciate the support of the audience and we believe they have a lot to look forward to the rest of this season."

The Americans airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.