OWN Extends Seasons for 'Our America With Lisa Ling,' 'Welcome to Sweetie Pie's'

Our America with Lisa Ling 2011

The new episodes will air on Oprah Winfrey's network next spring.

Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network is extending the orders for two series: Our America With Lisa Ling and Welcome to Sweetie Pie's.

The network has picked up eight more episodes of Our America for a total of 16 episodes for the second season. Ten additional episodes have been ordered for the family docu-series Welcome to Sweetie Pie's for a total of 18 episodes for its rookie year. The announcement comes as the two series posted double-digit growth for a fifth straight week and a day after OWN picked up a Beverly Johnson docu-series.

“The audience is finding and responding to these programs, and the ratings continue to build, which is a great testament to both shows,” said Eric Logan, co-president of OWN.

"Lisa fully immerses herself in every topic she covers and challenges us to think differently. Along with her team, she's created story-telling perfection," said Sheri Salata, co-president of OWN. "We've all fallen in love with the Montgomery family. You never know what they'll do or say next. We couldn't be more pleased viewers are tuning in to enjoy all the fun."

Season to date, Our America, which covers challenging topics, has averaged 405,000 viewers on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. Welcome to Sweetie Pie's, airing Saturdays at 9 p.m., averages 388,000 viewers and hit a series high on Nov. 12 among women 25-54 with a 0.46 rating. It also is No. 2 among African American women in the 25-54 demo.

The new episodes of Our America are currently in production and will air next spring. Production on Welcome to Sweetie Pie's additional episodes will begin in December to air in spring.