ABC (alongside Canadian network Global) has renewed their cop drama series Rookie Blue for a fifth season. 13 episodes have been ordered for season 5 which is slated to premiere next Summer.
Created by Morwyn Brebner, Tassie Cameron & Ellen Vanstone, Rookie Blue follows a group of young and ambitious rookie cops as they navigate the emotional trials and tribulations of their professional and personal lives. The drama series is produced by ICF Films & Entertainment One and stars Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Charlotte Sullivan, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne, Ben Bass and Peter Mooney.
The early renewal comes only four episodes into the show’s fourth season. Season to date, Rookie Blue has been averaging an audience of 5.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo in live+same day. With those numbers, the series currently ranks as the No. 1 series in Total Viewers and, ABC says, it is growing over its prior summer average by 15% in Total Viewers to deliver its most-watched season in 3 years. Production on the show’s fifth season is set to commence in January 2014.