USA Network announced on March 16, 2018, that their emotional drama The Sinner had been renewed for a limited sophomore season consisting of eight episodes. Chris McCumber, the network president, is entirely satisfied with the results of the first installment of The Sinner. Nothing is surprising in such decision since the season finale drew more viewers than its premiere.
Besides, The Sinner has received the universal acclaim. By the way, the show was initially conceived as a mini-series. So, we suppose that USA Network now regards the crime drama as a long-term anthology project with different crimes. Therefore, if the 2nd installment showcases the same (or better) statistics than the current one, we think that USA Network would renew the show for another round.
Indeed, the figures of the first season of The Sinner were beyond praise. The Pilot has garnered 1.633 million viewers with a 0.42 key demo (P18-49). The second episode has lost about 13.5% of the viewing audience. But after, the ratings have soared up. As a result, by the end of the season, the viewership increased up to 2.438 million with a 0.77 demo rating among adults (P18-49).
Let's now take a look at the response from critics and viewers. In fact, it was astonishing. On Rotten Tomatoes, The Sinner holds a score of 6.6/10 and a 94% approval rating among critics, while the viewers have evaluated the first season of the crime drama at 4.3/5/88%. On Metacritic, the statistics have been yet better, 71/100 and 7.9/10, among critics/viewers, respectively. An overall score of The Sinner on IMDb is also excellent, 8.0/10 ~ 27,300 votes.
Thus, it seems that the figures do matter. Chris McCumber gazed at the statistics and opted to renew the mini-series for another round. One more time, The Sinner is inspired by the eponymous novel by Petra Hammesfahr. As a result, the first season of the crime drama has covered the entire book. So, only the statistics have forced USA Network to create one more season of The Sinner. That's why we expect that the show would turn into an anthology series. In fact, USA Network has confirmed this assumption, given the official synopsis for a sophomore installment. You may read it below. Also worth noting that The Sinner was the #1 new cable series of 2017. This show also garnered two Golden Globe nominations, according to the official report by USA Network.