HBO has renewed its prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire for a third 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 Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming in announcing the third-season pickup. "The response from the media and our viewers has been extremely gratifying."
Boardwalk led all programming at the recent Primetime Emmy Awards with eight wins, though it lost out on outstanding drama series to AMC's Mad Men.
Boardwalk's second season bowed on Sept. 25 to 2.9 million viewers at 9 p.m., down 8% from its season one average of 3.2 million viewers.