A&E has renewed their breakout hit Bates Motel for a third season of 10 episodes. Production on the show’s third season is slated to commence this Fall for a 2015 premiere.
“The incredible writing team and talented ‘Bates Motel’ cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television,” said David McKillop, Executive Vice President and General Manager of A&E Network. “The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. We are so proud of the show.”
The renewal for Bates Motel comes after the show’s second season debuted last month to 4.6 million total viewers and delivered 2.6 million adults 18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54; making it A&E’s number 1 drama series of all time among adults 18-49. It also stands in stark contrast to the fate of A&E’s fellow spring series Those Who Kill, which was effectively cancelled after two episodes and has been shifted to sister network LMN to burn off the remainder of its 10 episode order.