'Star Wars Rebels' Renewed for Third Season

The Disney XD animated series will return in 2016.

To little surprise, Disney XD has renewed Star Wars Rebels.

The animated series will return for a third season in 2016, the cable network announced Monday.

"We are proud to bring our audience a third season of Star Wars Rebels, a series that has resonated across generations," Disney XD GM Marc Buhaj said. "The creative team behind the series continues to do a brilliant job in delivering on the key tenets that fans have come to expect from a Star Wars property, including adventure, hope and the battle between good vs. evil."

To date, the toon ranks as Disney XD's No. 2 series among total viewers (averaging 1.3 million) as well as kids 6011, boys 6-11 and boys 2-11. More telling, the series is the cabler's top show among the key adults 18-49 demographic as well as men under 50.

In announcing the renewal, the cabler also touted the show's global performance, where it reaches 48 million total unique viewers across 157 countries/territories. Rebels has also generated nearly 4 million video plays on Disney XD's Watch platform.

The news comes weeks ahead of the highly anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.