FX Renews ‘Justified'


FX Tuesday renewed its sophomore crime drama series Justified.

The network has ordered 13 episodes for a third season of the series, which stars Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood) as no-nonsense U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.

Justified is averaging 3.9 million viewers thus far through season two - up 16% from last year. The series is also averaging 2 million viewers 18-49, also a 16% increase from last season.

Season two of Justified ends May 4.

"Justified was a critically acclaimed hit series in its first season, but the show has far surpassed our expectations this season," said John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks in a statement. "Creatively, the show is on a roll. The performances of Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Margo Martindale and the entire cast are extraordinary. Graham Yost and his team of writers are delivering some of the richest stories anywhere on TV and are doing a brilliant job of being true to Elmore Leonard's original character, Raylan Givens. We couldn't be more proud of the work everyone has done."

The announcement comes a week after the network cancelled its freshman series Lights Out due to poor ratings.