Fox renewing new hit 'The Masked Singer' for second season

"The Masked Singer" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX 53.

PITTSBURGH -- Following immediate high marks, Fox network has announced it is renewing "The Masked Singer" for a second season.

The celebrity singing competition has become the highest-rated unscripted debut on any network in more than seven years, the network announced Wednesday.

“The response to 'The Masked Singer' has been fantastic and we are thrilled to bring it back for another season,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“I am so happy to see a singing Peacock burst into pop culture! 'The Masked Singer' is unique, bold, original and embraces the DNA of all the best FOX unscripted shows. We look forward to Season Two being even more fun, weird and wonderful than the first.”

"The Masked Singer" drew an audience of more than 17 million multi-platform viewers for its debut episode, according to the network release.

Based on the international hit, it features celebrities facing off against one another while wearing elaborate costumes to conceal their identity.

Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke serve as celebrity judges alongside host Nick Cannon.

In tonight’s all-new episode, “Mix and Masks,” airing at 9 p.m. on FOX 53, Rabbit, Unicorn, Alien and Lion hit the stage to perform with all-new clues.

A special two-hour finale of "The Masked Singer" airs Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. on FOX 53.