May 10, 2019

ABC announced today that The Rookie has been picked up for a second season. The good news comes less than a month after its freshman finale, and makes sense considering its overall performance.

The series premiered last fall as one of the higher-profile new entries in the network's 2018-2019 lineup. Headlined by Nathan Fillion, best known for his seven-year turn on Castle, the show was met with generally-positive reviews and decent ratings - enough to earn it a full season pickup after three weeks. While not a ratings standout, it drew fairly a consistent audience over its 20-episode run.

In The Rookie, Fillion plays John Nolan, a middle aged man who experiences a life-changing incident that inspires him to pursue his dream of being an officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. But as the force's oldest rookie, he must deal with skepticism from senior officers and the demands of keeping up with not only the criminals, but the younger cops in the precinct.