Scoot McNairy as Gordon Clark, Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe and Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan in a promotional photo for AMC’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire.’

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By Sandra Gonzalez2014-08-20 15:34:08 UTC

Halt and Catch Fire has been renewed for a second season.

Yes, we’re shocked, too.

Creatively, the computer drama found solid footing toward the end of the freshman season and the live ratings were cool at best. (The season finale earlier this month pulled in just 574,000 viewers; by comparison, the finale of AMC’s cancelled cop drama Low Winter Sun pulled in 630,000 viewers.)

But the audience was there, with an average DVR boost of 78%; in the end, the season averaged of 1.3 million viewers, including live viewing and seven days of DVR playback. AMC said the renewal is an example of their commitment to “patience” with new shows.

“This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground — themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. “We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time. We see that opportunity here and look forward to a second season of Halt and Catch Fire from creators Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, and showrunner Jonathan Lisco.”

Season 2 is expected to debut next summer.

In the Season 1 finale, which aired earlier this month, the Cardiff Team — namely Joe (Lee Pace) and Gordon (Scoot McNairy) — got the victory they were seeking, but soon learned it was not as sweet as they had hoped. Also, the characters’ first look at a Macintosh didn’t help them feel better about their own seemingly failed quest to innovate the industry.

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