4:11pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
FX Renews 'Archer' for Sixth and Seventh Seasons
FX is keeping Archer around through at least 2016.
The cable network has renewed the animated series for a sixth and seventh season, extending the series through 2016 and clearing the way for the show to go into cable and broadcast syndication.
FX has picked up 13 new episodes for both the sixth and seventh season, with the potential for the animated hit to return beyond then.
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"Archer is one of the best comedies on television and has played a significant role in the growth of the FX comedy brand," FX original programming president Eric Schrier said. "We're grateful to [creators/executive producers] Adam Reed, Matt Thompson and their team at Floyd County, and also our incredible voice cast, and are looking forward to supporting their work for at least two more seasons."
The first episode back was a big one for Archer. The Monday premiere set an Archer best for a season opener with 1.65 million viewers and 1.3 million adults 18-49. Seven episodes remain in the show's fifth season, with the finale set for Monday, April 21 at 10 p.m.
Archer ranks as the second-highest-rated comedy in basic cable among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. First-run season-five episodes are averaging an uptick of 2 percent among total viewers (1.93 million) compared with season four, marking the show's most watched season ever.
Archer is part of FX's -- and FXX's -- original comedy lineup that also includes Anger Management, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Legit, Louie, Wilfred and new entries You're the Worst and Married, as well as freshman animated comedy Chozen.