A&E is reportedly on board for another season of 'Longmire.'
Deadline reports that while an official statement confirming the renewal has yet to be issued by the network, executive producer/co-creator John Coveny's Twitter made it sound all but official. "Thanks to the 5 million plus weekly fans (live+7). Young and older skewing alike! The call just came: SEASON 3 for #Longmire is a GO!" Coveny wrote.
The news comes on the heels of season high ratings for the crime drama, as the August 26 finale brought in 4.4 million total viewers, with 1.1 million in the 18-49 and 1.5 million in the 25-54 year old demographic. Overall, the second season averaged 3.7 million viewers, easily A&E's most watched drama and a virtual shoo-in for renewal.
"I knew from the first episode that 'Longmire' was something special," said co-star Katee Sackhoff of the fan response to the hit series. "I met the writers/exec producers, read the script and knew it was special, so to have the network and the studio and the fans get behind it in the way that they have has been really amazing."
The series is created by Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, based on the book series by writer Craig Johnson. It centers on hard-nosed Sheriff Walt Longmire (portrayed by Robert Taylor) and the major crimes taking place in his jurisdiction of Wyoming's Absaroka County.
Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that the network's first scripted series 'The Glades' may be ending its run after year-to-year dips in ratings. 'Longmire' could provide a solid lead-in for A&E's forthcoming Chloe Sevigny crime series 'Those Who Kill' in 2014.