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'Boardwalk Empire' Renewed for Third Season

October 12, 2011 (6:44 pm) GMT
HBO is pleased with the numbers that the Prohibition Era-drama showed in the first three episodes of season 2.

HBO announced the inevitable. The cable's Emmy-winning drama, "", has been renewed for a third season after showing great numbers in three episodes into the second season.

"Following a triumphant first season, I was eager to see what Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their stellar team had in store, and they continue to surpass our highest expectations," said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo. "The response from the media and our viewers has been extremely gratifying."

The -starring series returned to the screen on September 25 with 2.9 million viewers hooked. Its most recent episode also delivered the same number and a 1.2 rating in the adult demo. The numbers are close to the show's first season average which is 3.2 million viewers.

HBO has also given renewals for "", "" and "".

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