“Pretty Little Liars has taken its place in the zeitgeist and reigns supreme in pop culture,” said Tom Ascheim, president, ABC Family. “I am glad to bring another two seasons to our audience because ‘A’ has a lot in store for our Liars.”
The #1 ABC Family series in total viewers, Adults 18-34, Women 18-34, and Women 18-49, among other demo victories, Pretty Little Liars holds the record as the most-tweeted scripted series telecast of all time, and across all genres, it holds 7 of the Top 15 most-tweeted series telecasts ever. No episode counts have been released for the sixth and seventh seasons, though the show has stayed between 22-25 episodes and there’s no compelling reason, bar a ratings collapse, for seasons six and seven to fall short.
What ABC Family has to do, though, is find a show that can gain some ratings traction behind Pretty Little Liars. That might be difficult considering the show’s social media status and how engaged its fan base is, meaning that those who watch Pretty Little Liars tend to watch, tweet along, and spend the hours after the show dissecting theories rather than watching the series ABC Family slots into the 9:00 hour. Thus far, the network has tried to closely parallel Liars with series like Twisted and The Lying Game, as well as counterprogram with lighter fare like Jane by Design, but nothing has fully taken advantage of having such a strong lead-in. With the lukewarm sampling of latest Tuesday drama Chasing Life, it seems that ABC Family might be in the hunt for another Liars companion sooner rather than later.
Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8:00 on ABC Family. You can check out a preview of the next episode below.
Do you think ABC Family will ever find a show that fits behind Pretty Little Liars? If they can’t, would you like to see a Talking Dead-type after show where fans and cast members discuss the events of the preceding episode? Will the show keep the identity of Big A a secret until the series finale or could we possibly see an earlier reveal?