The Night Agent will be back for a season 2 on Netflix. The renewal was no surprise in early 2023, given that the show has become one of Netflix’s biggest hits. Here’s everything we know about The Night Agent season 2 so far, including the current production status and what we can expect from the new season.
“Serving as an adaptation of Matthew Quirk’s novel ‘The Night Agent,’ with some expanded and original ideas, the show follows a young FBI agent who answers a call that plunges him into a deadly conspiracy involving a mole at the White House.
The show is produced for Netflix by Sony Pictures Television and showrunner Shawn Ryan, who is behind titles like The Shield and S.W.A.T.
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Has Netflix Renewed The Night Agent for Season 2?
Official Renewal Status: Renewed on March 29th, 2023
Netflix has officially renewed The Night Agent for a second season and announced the second season will debut in 2024 with ten new episodes.
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 the numbers. As we’ll cover below, The Night Agent pulled in some big numbers for Netflix, and that, combined 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, a 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.”
How well did The Night Agent perform on Netflix?
The Night Agent has quickly become one of Netflix’s top performers, with multiple stats backing this up.
Every Tuesday, Netflix releases 40 hourly statistics for their biggest shows and movies, and their data shows that The Night Agent had a huge debut on Netflix.
Per Netflix’s press release for week 1, “the action-thriller ranks #3 for premiere week of viewing across all Season 1 TV and appeared in the Top 10 in 93 countries.”
The show ultimately featured in the Netflix global top 10s for ten weeks in total, picking up 776.62 million hours watched.
|Week Period||Hours Viewed(M)||Rank||Week in Top 10|
|March 19th, 2023 to March 26th, 2023||168,710,000||1||1|
|March 26th, 2023 to April 2nd, 2023||216,390,000 (+28%)||1||2|
|April 2nd, 2023 to April 9th, 2023||130,480,000 (-40%)||1||3|
|April 9th, 2023 to April 16th, 2023||90,040,000 (-31%)||1||4|
|April 16th, 2023 to April 23rd, 2023||56,650,000 (-37%)||2||5|
|April 23rd, 2023 to April 30th, 2023||37,680,000 (-33%)||4||6|
|April 30th, 2023 to May 7th, 2023||26,880,000 (-29%)||5||7|
|May 7th, 2023 to May 14th, 2023||20,340,000 (-24%)||6||8|
|May 14th, 2023 to May 21st, 2023||16,800,000 (-17%)||8||9|
|May 21st, 2023 to May 28th, 2023||12,650,000 (-25%)||9||10|
Those numbers place the show in the list of most watched shows and movies on Netflix of all time, but given the recent changes in Netflix methodology, it either ranks fifth or sixth depending on the metric you use:
- Based on the first 28 days metric, it is the fifth most-watched show of all time with 626.99M hours
- Based on the first 91 days, it’s the sixth most-watched show of all time, with 803.70M hours watched (98.20M CVE viewers)
If we break down the hour data into CVE (Complete Viewing Equivalent – taking the length of the show and dividing by the hours), we can see it outperformed Keep Breathing and 1899 but was shy of The Watcher.
In our top 10 report 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 (a feat for a limited series at the time).”
Using CVE, we can see that after 14 days, the show was one of the top-performing debut English language series, only behind The Watcher and Wednesday.
Nielsen numbers also showed the series performed well, specifically in the United States (on connected devices), featuring in the Nielsen top 10s for seven weeks, clocking up 173.50 million hours.
What about external factors? The show rocketed the ranks according to TelevisionStats.com, measuring from sources like Wikipedia, Google Search, Reddit, and IMDb. As of March 25th, it’s the number 1 show on the internet, beating out South Park, Daisy Jones & the Six, Yellowjackets, and Love is Blind. It performed well against The Diplomat (also renewed for a season 2) but didn’t have the same legs as a show like Ginny & Georgia.
How about critical acclaim? Audience scores have been outpacing critics’ scores thus far, but it’s mostly positive all around.
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 on Metacritic, it holds a 68 rating.
What to expect from Season 2 of The Night Agent
Warning: spoilers for The Night Agent season 1 are ahead.
While The Night Agent season 1 certainly answers the most prominent questions by the end of episode 10, there’s still a lot to be learned.
By the time the credits of the final episode roll, we’ve learned 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. ”
Ryan also covered some of the biggest questions Season 2 would have to seek to answer, including:
- What does it mean that Peter would be a night agent?
- Where is Peter going next?
- With Rose heading back to California, where does that leave Peter and Rose?
Additional snippets of information came from Ryan in a ComicBook.com interview where he revealed season 2 would not be taking place in Washington DC, saying:
“We’ll be in a different part of the world exploring different characters than we had in Season One. And we’re determining who from Season One might appear in Season Two. But essentially we’re going to be telling a whole brand-new story, which is exciting and scary.”
Where is The Night Agent Season 2 in production?
No filming has yet to take place, and production on the second season has been severely impacted due to the Hollywood strikes that saw writers put their pencils down in May 2023 and the actors following suit from July 2023.
Work did begin on the scripts for season 2, but all of the writers on the show have been striking since May 1st, 2023.
Shawn Ryan notably posted on X on May 5:
“I’d rather be writing Season 2 of #TheNightAgent for Netflix
rather than picketing them, but all writers need a fair deal before we can resume our work. We create the TV shows and movies that drive billions in profits. Writers deserve their fair share.”
The writer’s strike notably ended in late September 2023, and showrunner Shawn Ryan spoke to Variety about the show’s current status on October 12th. The interview states that writing on season 2 was “more than halfway done” before the strikes began in May.
Ryan also confirms that the writing staff has been working on the show since October 2nd but states some production preparation has occurred over the summer.
The SAG-AFTRA strike will need to be resolved before any filming can commence. There’s hope this can occur before the end of 2023.
— Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) October 12, 2023
When will cameras begin rolling on season 2 of The Night Agent? As of November 2023, we’re hearing that casting is underway for the new season, but production won’t get going until at least January 2024. New York is expected to be the filming location for season 2 but we also hear that the show could be headed to Asia next season.
The budget for the new season is reportedly somewhere between $2 and $3M an episode.
We’ll keep you posted as and when we learn more.
When will Season 2 of The Night Agent be released on Netflix?
As of October 2023, it looks highly unlikely that the second season will be able to begin filming until at least 2024. That means the 2024 release date originally published by Netflix may be a hard ask.
At the moment, we’re predicting we’ll be seeing The Night Agent season 2 in very late 2024 at the absolute earliest, but perhaps even early 2025 may be more likely.
While waiting for The Night Agent season 2, Matthew Quirk has plenty of other novels to read. Other Quirk novels like Hour of the Assassin, The Directive, Cold Barrel Zero, Dead Man Switch, or Red Warning
All these books are also ripe for adaptations and not necessarily as part of The Night Agent because, as the author explains on Twitter, “they’re mostly standalones.”
Matthew Quirk’s most recent book, Inside Threat, was released on June 13, 2023.
Are you looking forward to watching The Night Agent season 2 on Netflix in 2024? Let us know in the comments below.