CBC orders more Kim’s Convenience

Season one of the comedy, produced by Thunderbird Entertainment in association with Soulpepper, has garnered big ratings for the pubcaster.
Kim's Convenience

The CBC has renewed Kim’s Convenience for a second season.

The comedy series, produced by Thunderbird Entertainment, in association with Soulpepper, is slated to return for 13 more 30-minute episodes in the fall of 2017.

The first season of the series (13 x 30 minutes) has so far garnered an average audience of 933,000 per episode (2+ AMA), with 39% of viewers in the 25 to 54 demo, according to Numeris data provided by CBC. The season’s final two episodes will air back-to-back on Dec. 27 beginning at 8 p.m.

Kim’s Convenience is the CBC’s top-rated comedy of the year, beating Schitt’s Creek season two which averaged 836,000 viewers (2+ AMA). Overall, the series was CBC’s third most-watched, behind Murdoch Mysteries season 10 (1,352,000 2+ AMA) and Heartland season nine (1,048,000 2+ AMA). In addition to being a ratings success, the series has also earned praise as one of the first Canadian sitcoms led by Asian actors.

Based on the award-winning play by Ins Choi, the series follows The Kims, a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. It stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Shoot The Messenger), Jean Yoon (Orphan Black), Simu Liu (Blood and Water), Andrea Bang (Camp Death III: The Final Summer), Andrew Phung (Adventures of a Pizza Guy) and Nicole Power (Anne of Green Gables).

The series is produced by Thunderbird executive chair Ivan Fecan, and was co-created by Choi and Kevin White. Executive producers are Fecan, Tim Gamble, Alexandra Raffé, Leslie Lester, Albert Schultz, Choi and White, with Sandra Cunningham and Robin Cass of Strada Films serving as supervising producers.