Lifetime Renews 'Dance Moms' for Third Season (Exclusive)

The network has ordered 26 episodes of the unscripted series featuring Abby Lee Miller.
"Dance Moms"

Lifetime is filling up its dance card with Abby Lee Miller.

The female-skewing cable network has renewed Dance Moms for a third season,The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

The docuseries featuring Miller as a dance instructor who navigates training students while dealing with their often overbearing mothers will return next year with 26 hourlong episodes.

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"With major growth season-to-season and a bonafide star in Abby Lee Miller, Dance Moms continues to be a top performer and important franchise for Lifetime," Lifetime exec vp programming Rob Sharenow said. "It's become a force in the docusoap genre and we're very pleased to bring Dance Moms back with more episodes next year."

Season two wrapped in September and ranks as the No. 1 unscripted series in the Tuesday at 9 p.m. slot among women 18-49 and bested its first season in adults 18-49 by nearly 70 percent. Additionally, Dance Moms stands as Lifetime's youngest-skewing current series with a median age of 32, five years younger than its freshman run.

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The show, a Teen Choice 2012 nominee, has also spawned a spinoff, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, which premiered Tuesday and featured 12 of the country's best youth dancers competing for a $100,00 prize. Lifetime in January also ordered six hourlong episodes of Dance Moms: Miami featuring instructors Victor Smalley and Angel Armas.

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The series is produced by Collins Avenue, which is also developing a similarly themed Ice Moms, set in the competitive world of figure skating as Lifetime continues to captatlize on the success of Dance Moms.