The Night Agent Season 2 has been renewed on Netflix. This is coming with no surprise that has given the explosive first week the show had on Netflix.
The series is serving as an adaptation of the Matthew Quirk novel, The Night Agent novel. The show is following a young FBI agent who answers a call that plunges him into a deadly conspiracy involving a mole at the White House. The show has landed on Netflix from Sony Pictures Television and showrunner Shawn Ryan who is behind titles like The Shield and S.W.A.T.
The Night Agent Season 2: Renewal Status
Netflix has officially renewed The Night Agent for a second season and declared the second season will debut in 2024 with 10 episodes. Recently, Shawn Ryan, Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer of The Night Agent, said on the season 2 renewal:
“The last week has been a whirlwind as we’ve finally been able to share The Night Agent with the world. To see the tremendous reaction to the show has been a great joy and is a credit to our cast, our writers, our directors, our crew, and our partners at Sony Pictures Television and Netflix. We couldn’t be any prouder or more excited to get cracking on Season 2 to share the further adventures of Night Action with our newfound fans.”
Katherine Pope, President of Sony Pictures Television, said:
“We are thrilled to see The Night Agent become an instant global sensation and can’t wait to continue telling this story with our remarkable cast, creative leader, Shawn Ryan, and our wonderful partners at Netflix.”
Jinny Howe, Vice President of Drama Series at Netflix, said on the renewal:
“We’re proud to see The Night Agent deliver a breakout performance and become instantly embraced around the world. Shawn Ryan has created a spy thriller sensation that viewers cannot get enough of, with a stellar cast featuring Gabriel Basso, Luciane Buchanan, and Hong Chau, and we’re here to bring them more of the action and suspense they love.”
As we’ve covered previously, renewals all come down to numbers. As we’ll cover below, The Night Agent pulled in some big numbers and combine that with the fact the completion rate looks to be high and the show’s budget (which is reportedly between $2-$3M per episode – up to $30M total) made it a no brainer.
Shawn Ryan ahead of the renewal implied that there’s room for more story talking to Deadline, saying:
“I certainly have some ideas; I probably want to keep those to myself until the time comes. What I will tell you is that the initial pitch for this show that we sold to Netflix was that each season would tell its own, mostly self-enclosed, beginning, middle and end story, and any future seasons would include a few but not most of the characters that we saw in the previous season.”
The Night Agent: Netflix Performance
In this section, we will be a work in progress in the coming weeks as we track all the different metrics for The Night Agent.
Netflix has confirmed about every release of every Tuesday releases 40 hourly statistics for their biggest shows and movies and their data shows that The Night Agent had a huge debut on Netflix.
As per their press release, “the action-thriller ranks #3 for premiere week of viewing across all Season 1 TV and appeared in the Top 10 in 93 countries.”
Here’s how the weekly hourly numbers break down so far:
|Week Period||Hours Viewed(M)||Rank||Week in Top 10|
|March 19th, 2023 to March 26th, 2023||168,710,000||1||1|
How do the numbers compare with other Netflix Originals? Well, we can compare to a few other shows that debuted within the last year and just in terms of opening weekends, The Night Agent beat out the likes of The Watcher, The Recruit, and The Lincoln Lawyer.
If we break down the hour data into CVE, we can see it outperformed Keep Breathing and 1899 but was just shy of The Watcher.
In our top 10 reports for the first week, What’s on Netflix contributor Frederic said the show had the “second-best launch for any series released on a Thursday, just behind The Watcher which ended up being renewed
The new and early stats from FlixPatrol suggest that The Night Agent has become the largest show on Netflix worldwide following its initial debut. By March 26th, 80 countries had The Night Agent as the number 1 show, with eight countries having it as the number 2 show or South Korea’s third biggest show.
On RottenTomatoes, as of March 29th, the show holds an 82% score from audiences and 69% from critics. The series holds a 7.7/10 based on over 12,000 reviews on IMDb and over on Metacritic holds a 68 rating.
The Night Agent Season 2: Expectations
The new reports have confirmed that The Night Agent season 1 is going to answer the most prominent questions by the end of episode 10, there’s still a lot to be learned.
At the end of the time roll, the news reports said that Diane Farr, the president’s own chief of staff, is the mole and worked with Vice President Redfield and Gordon Wick to plan the metro bombing. As a result, The Night Agent wraps up relatively nicely, but there’s still plenty to be explored potentially. After all, Peter ends the season by jetting off for his first mission.
As Ryan mentioned in the aforementioned Deadline interview, he suggested that if they’re “successful enough that Netflix wants more seasons, I think there’d be a whole new world in which you would see a limited number of characters from this current season going into that. ”
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Proclaimed as slicker than slick, engrossing and thrilling, The Night Agent is a must see and must read for espionage aficionados. It’s indisputably one of the best FBI thrillers ever and Shawn Ryan’s The Night Agent is comfortably a five star production. It’s based on Matthew Quirk’s spy novel of the same name which also has splendid reviews. The book is a suspenseful, cloak and dagger page-turner about an FBI agent on a hazardous mission to uncover a mole in the White House. It’s a chilling nail-biter to the finish, whether watching the ten episodes comprising Series 1 on screen or reading the book.
If you liked Bill Fairclough’s epic fast fact based spy thriller Beyond Enkription in The Burlington Files series about Pemberton’s People in MI6 you should like this no matter what the format. In real life, Fairclough was one of Pemberton’s People in MI6 and worked with the CIA, real SAS Rogue Heroes and other ungentlemanly officers as explained in a news article dated 31 October 2022 available from TheBurlingtonFiles website. Once you are irretrievably immersed in both worlds, The Night Agent and The Burlington Files, will enchant and entrap you!