Fringe, “Futurama,” “Justified” Renewals

As Professor Farnsworth would say, good news everyone!

Two of the best shows on the box right now have been given full season renewals, while a third is looking highly likely to be getting one itself very soon says Entertainment Weekly and Deadline.

First up, Comedy Central has ordered another batch of twenty six episodes of the brilliant animated comedy “Futurama”.

Thirteen episodes of the first batch aired last Summer and averaged 2.5 million viewers per week with DVR figures included. The remaining thirteen episodes kick off this June. The plan is to stick to that schedule meaning half this batch of new episodes will air in mid-2012, the remainder in mid-2013.

Next, Fox has given a full fourth season pickup order for “Fringe”. Despite ratings last week falling to a series low of 3.8 million viewers, critically the show has never been better and the numbers for its Friday timeslot make it “the No. 1 show on the night this season” says the network. It has also boosted the network’s average for the night by 38%.

Finally and despite the cancellation today of its new drama “Lights Out”, FX is reportedly very happy with how its neo-Western crime drama “Justified” is progressing in its second season and are close to renewing it for a third.

Each episode of “Justified” draws 7.4 million total viewers this season (multiple plays included), up 9% on last year and close to the numbers of the network’s flagship drama “Sons of Anarchy”.