TNT renews 'Southland' for third season

Network picks up 10 episodes to start airing in January

In a surprising move, TNT has renewed "Southland" for a third season.

The network has picked up 10 episodes of the critically acclaimed John Wells cop drama, which will air starting next January.

"Southland" has been a modest performer for the cable network, which picked up the series after NBC canceled the series right before the start of its second season.

"'Southland' is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters," said Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT. "These qualities have made 'Southland' a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience."

TNT points out that "Southland" gains about 50% more viewers via DVR time shifting, which is above average. In live-plus-same-day ratings, the final episodes of the show averaged about 2.2 million viewers. The show averaged 2.7 million viewers for the season once seven-day DVR gains are added.

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