HBO has renewed their period drama series Boardwalk Empire for a fifth season. The network has ordered 12 more episodes of the Atlantic City-set 1920s gangster drama series, with the fifth season set to air in 2014.
“Thanks to Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder and their stellar team, Boardwalk Empire remains in a class by itself,” said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “I look forward to another electrifying season of this impeccably crafted series.”
Boardwalk Empire was created by Terence Winter and follows the exploits of Nucky Thompson and his criminal enterprise in Atlantic City in the 1920′s. The drama series stars Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Jack Huston, Stephen Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Vincent Piazza, Paul Sparks, Michael Kenneth Williams and Gretchen Mol.
The renewal comes after the fourth season of Boardwalk Empire debuted on HBO earlier this month to 2.4 million viewers for the initial telecast at 9pm, with encores raising that figure to 3.2 million viewers. While those are strong figures for HBO, they were down from the ratings for the season 3 premiere in 2012. Season-to-date the fourth season of Boardwalk Empire has been averaging 7.5 million viewers.