Will Myrtle Manor return for 3rd season?

(Myrtle Beach) Sun-NewsApril 11, 2014 

The setting of the reality show "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" is at the back of Patrick's Mobile Home Park off Hwy. 15 in Myrtle Beach.

STEVE JESSMORE — THE SUN NEWS

— Fans of docu-drama “Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor” have been asking the same question since the show’s season two finale on March 20 – will be there a third season?

The fate of the show, based in Patrick’s Mobile Home Park off of Highway 15 in Myrtle Beach, lies with TLC – the network that airs “Myrtle Manor.” A spokeswoman at TLC said Thursday no decision had been made.

“I haven’t heard anything,” park owner Cecil Patrick said. “Everyone keeps asking about season three, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The show averaged 1.1 million viewers across 10 episodes in the second season, tying its average ratings for season one, according to Nielsen, the company that measures the ratings of television shows.

The show had its highest ratings during the third episode, which aired Jan. 30, getting about 1.3 million viewers.

About 1.2 million viewers watched the season two premiere on Jan. 16, with viewership dropping slightly to 1.1 million for the second episode that aired Jan. 23.

“Am I worried?” Patrick said. “No. Am I anxious? Yes. Because I know it’s a good show.”

New York-based media researcher Shari Anne Brill said it is possible for a renewal announcement to come after a show has ended for the season.

“It’s possible that a show could get renewed post-finale if a network doesn’t have anything better to replace it,” Brill said. “It’s very tough to make a call. A lot of times it comes down to what else they’re developing. If what is coming down the pike doesn’t pan out, then I think it will get renewed.”

Jordyn Linsk, a TLC spokeswoman, said she could not comment on the show renewal process.

The show was rebranded by show producer The Weinstein Co., in December, before the second season premiere, to make “Myrtle Manor” the first in a “Trailer Park” franchise. The production company said then it planned to develop versions of “Myrtle Manor” in other U.S. locations.

A spokeswoman from Weinstein did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“There’s a chance it will come back,” Brill said. “There’s a chance it will be set in another area.

“There’s no shortage of people who watch these shows, and there’s also no shortage of people who want to be on them.”

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