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Lisa Ling's 'Our America' is first series renewed on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

February 24, 2011 |  2:56 pm

Lisaling OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network just handed Lisa Ling a big vote of confidence, making her documentary series "Our America" the network's first series to earn a pick-up for a second season.

"Our America" has performed very well in the ratings as the 2-month-old OWN -- which took over the former Discovery Health network -- continues to define its brand. The second episode on Tuesday delivered 733,000 total viewers, a 24% surge over the premiere, according to the Nielsen Co.

"Our America" offers a glimpse of hot-button cultural topics, such as transgendered persons, drug abuse and sex offenders.

"I am truly elated that OWN's audience has responded to 'Our America,' and I'm thrilled to get the chance to produce more episodes," Ling said in a statement. "We set out to create shows that don't tell viewers what to think, but rather, to take them along to experience different aspects of this country that we inhabit. It has been a most scintillating journey."

What do you think of "Our America"?

-- Scott Collins

Photo: Lisa Ling is host and executive producer of "Our America." Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press