September 26, 2013 11:02am PT by Michael O'Connell, Lesley Goldberg
HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for Fifth Season
HBO is staying put at Boardwalk Empire. The Terence Winter series has been renewed for a fifth season.
The news comes on the heels of a very successful stint at the Emmys for the period drama, with five wins topping the total of any other TV series. (HBO telepic Behind the Candelabra led all TV efforts with 11 wins.)
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“Thanks to Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder and their stellar team, Boardwalk Empire remains in a class by itself,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “I look forward to another electrifying season of this impeccably crafted series.”
Returning to a modest ratings dip earlier in September, the Boardwalk Empire premiere recently took in 2.4 million viewers. And like all HBO series, it sees its greatest viewership in gross numbers. Roughly 7.5 million viewers are tuning in this season between original broadcasts, encores, DVR and HBO GO streams.
Boardwalk Empire's renewal comes as HBO is poised to say farewell to vampire drama True Blood next year. The future of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom remains in limbo pending the busy writer/producer's schedule -- though a third run looks very likely.
In addition to a lineup that includes Game of Thrones, HBO recently picked up Damon Lindelof's adaptation of The Leftovers to series. On the pilot side, the cabler has dramas Open (Ryan Murphy) and The Missionary, among others, in contention as HBO looks to replenish its roster.