'Better Call Saul' Renewed for Third Season at AMC

Better Call Saul premiere - H 2016
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AMC is sticking with Better Call Saul.

The cable network has renewed the Breaking Bad prequel series for a third season.

Season three of the drama, produced by Sony Pictures Television, will consist of another batch of 10 episodes with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould set to return as co-showrunners. Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein and Thomas Schnauz exec produce the show starring Bob Odenkirk.

Saul, nominated for seven Emmys last year including best drama series, is averaging 4.4 million total viewers when factoring in three days of DVR viewing, with 2.7 million among the adults 25-54 set and 2.5 million among adults under 50.

"What Vince, Peter, Bob and the entire team have accomplished with Better Call Saul is truly rare and remarkable. They have taken one of the most iconic, immersive and fan-obsessive (in the best possible way) shows in television history and created a prequel that stands on its own," AMC president Charlie Collier said Tuesday in a statement. "Watching Jimmy McGill's thoughtful, melodic and morally flexible transformation into Saul Goodman is entertaining and delighting millions of fans, whether their starting point was Breaking Bad or not. This series has its own feel, pace and sensibility and we can't wait to see what this incredibly talented group comes up with next in season three."

The decision to renew Saul comes as little surprise. The series is a key part of AMC's post-Mad Men/Breaking Bad landscape that also consists of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels, Turn and Humans as well as upcoming additions The Night Manager, Preacher, The Son and Feed the Beast.