FX Renews The Shield


Amid strong ratings and numerous advertiser defections, FX original series
The Shield has been picked up for a second year.

FX said it has commissioned 13 additional episodes of the gritty police
drama, which has averaged a 3.2 Nielsen Media Research household rating over the
first six episodes of its rookie season.

The series, which includes some nudity and harsh language, has lost several
advertisers. The most recent was fast-food chain Subway Restaurants.

But FX executives said the network anticipates that several new sponsors will
join the show in coming weeks.