Spike TV will pick up a second season of 10 episodes of its original series, “Bar Rescue,” one of Spike’s new, successful original series reaching a broader audience, which has delivered a steady increase in ratings since launch earlier this summer. In fact, the September 11 telecast against strong NFL competition drew a series high of 1.3 million viewers, nearly doubling the premiere’s viewership of 742,000 on July 17.  

“Bar Rescue” is hosted by Jon Taffer, one of the country’s top restaurant and bar consultants. The show gives failing nightlife establishments one last chance at success. Over the course of the series, one bar per week in cities all around the country will be reborn under the watchful eye of Taffer. With each venue, Taffer delves into every business facet of running a bar, from creating a profitable drink/food menu, to music selection, to managing crowds, as well as dealing with disgruntled employees.

“Bar Rescue” is a 10 one-hour-episode series produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA and Executive Producers JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson (“The Biggest Loser,” “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” “Flying Wild Alaska”). Tim Duffy, senior vice president of original programming for Spike TV, oversees “Bar Rescue” for the network.

Production for season 2 will begin this winter from venues all around the country, and the new episodes will air in the summer of 2012.