It is finally official! A&E has officially picked up their hit series Longmire for a 10-episode third season.
Back in August, Executive Producer/Show Co-Creator John Coveny announced the renewal on Twitter.
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!
— JOHN COVENY (@JohnCoveny) August 29, 2013
However, it would seem that it was a little premature as A&E declined to confirm the re-up.
Today, David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E, went on record via an official press release, about the show’s future.
“‘Longmire’ has become one of the most compelling dramas on television with a devoted audience and we are so proud of the show,” said McKillop. “We are thrilled to continue our wonderful partnership with Warner Horizon Television, the production team, and the talented cast and crew led by the exceptional Robert Taylor.”
Last season, Longmire averaged 3.7 million viewers. The highest ratings came during their Season Finale on August 26th when a season-high 4.4 million viewers tuned in.
According to the press release, Longmire continues to be A&E’s number one original drama series of all time in total viewers.
The series is based off of the Walt Longmire Mystery novels written by best-selling author Craig Johnson.
In addition to Robert Taylor in the title role, Longmire also stars Smallville’s Cassidy Freeman as Walt’s daughter Cady, Lou Diamond Phillips as Walt’s best friend Henry Standing Bear, Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff as Deputy Victoria Moretti, Saving Grace’s Bailey Chase as Deputy Branch Connally, and Adam Bartley as Deputy Ferguson.
New episodes of Longmire are expected to start in 2014.