(from NBC's press release, January 2021) The "Weakest Link," NBC's newest hit game show phenomenon hosted by Jane Lynch, has been renewed for a second season. The popular series is a British import based on the iconic quiz show format distributed by BBC Studios. Production on the new season, set for 13 episodes, will begin later this year. "Audiences have clearly embraced this smart, fun and completely addicting show, and it's been a great addition to the NBC lineup," said Jenny Groom, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "A huge thank you to Jane, our friends at BBC Studios, Universal Television Alternative Studio and everyone who has been instrumental in keeping the DNA of the original format intact while simultaneously adding new flourishes that make it as relevant and popular as ever." "I'm thrilled that 'Weakest Link' will return for another season," Lynch said "It has been my honor to bring back this classic game show loved by millions. I also look forward to challenging the brain power of our players while baiting them to turn against one another for the chance to win some life-changing cash. And, of course, for my own enjoyment, and not to mention the opportunity to say 'You are the weakest link. Goodbye.' several times an episode." "As the fastest and fiercest game show on TV, 'Weakest Link' has been immortalized in pop culture," said Valerie Bruce, General Manager of BBC Studios, Los Angeles Productions. "The format has proven longevity, attracting global audiences for the past two decades and we're thrilled to celebrate its latest success in the U.S. Our Los Angeles production arm is excited to partner with NBC on a second season of the series with Jane Lynch, whose quick wit, humor and shrewdness are captivating." On the ratings front, "Weakest Link" was the #2 most-watched new broadcast alternative series of the fall and won its 10 p.m. Mondaytimeslot in all key demos. In most current figures for the season, "Weakest Link" is averaging a 1.2 in 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers, including linear, digital and VOD. In addition, the Sept. 29 premiere episode is up to a 1.9 in 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers when including linear and digital viewing.