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By RD Heldenfels Published: August 4, 2006

From ABC Family today:

ABC Family has picked up the hit original scripted series Kyle XY for a second season, with an order of 13 one-hour original episodes, it was announced today by Paul Lee, President, ABC Family.  KYLE XY, produced by Touchstone Television, was a breakout summer hit for ABC Family garnering the best ratings for an original series in the channel’s history. ...

"'Kyle has thrilled us from its premiere night, [Lee said. W]e couldn't be happier to bring it back for a second season.   Matt Dallas is truly a breakout star for us, and Kyle XY is truly a defining show.  It was great to see Kyle succeed not just on cable, but on ABC, on iTunes, and on our broadband player."

KYLE XY rates as ABC Family’s most-watched original series in the history of the network in Total Viewers (2.08 million), Adults 18-34 (336,000) and Adults 18-49 (793,000).  Even last Monday’s episode, on July 31st, was the second most-watched on record and drew the series’ second best numbers yet on ABC Family in Total Viewers (2.41 million), Adults 18-34 (368,00) and Adults 18-49 (942,000), ranking among basic cable’s Top 5 in the hour competitively.  The series was also available for download on iTunes including a free preview the week prior to premiere, streaming on the ABC Family broadband player and the series was repurposed on ABC throughout the first season.

"This is good business.  Kyle is a hit for the studio, ABC Family and the company," said Mark Pedowitz, president, Touchstone Television. "We are incredibly proud of the production values on this series and thankful for the strong marketing support from ABC Family.  We look forward to continuing the success with "Three Moons Over Milford."

Details: No air date yet for the second season, but it will be sometime in 2007. The last episode of the first season will air on ABC Family on Aug.  28 and on ABC on Sept. 1.

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