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‘Longmire’ gets the green light for third season

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “Longmire” will come back for a season three.

The A&E hit — which saw its season finale post season highs — got the green light from A&E for a third season on Thursday night.

It’s not known what took so long for renewal, but for the past three weeks, Internet campaigns popped up urging the network to renew the crime drama.

Robert Taylor’s management team took to Facebook and Twitter urging fans to share their concerns with A&E.

On Thursday, Taylor’s management posted ,“Hey everyone! If you don’t already know, we have liftoff!! Season 3 has been confirmed. Woohoo! – RT’s MGT”

The reaction was following a tweet from Executive Producer/Co-Creator John Coveny, “Thanks to the 5 million plus weekly fans (live+7). Young and older skewing alike! The call just came: SEASON 3 for #Longmire is a GO!”

For its season finale on Aug. 26, the TV show averaged 4.2 million viewers. The ratings easily make the hour-long drama the most-watched scripted show to date for the A&E cable network.

“Longmire” is second in ratings only to reality show juggernaut “Duck Dynasty.”

The series is based off of the “Walt Longmire” mystery novels by Craig Johnson. The show stars Taylor as Walt Longmire. It also stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase and Adam Bartley.

Production is based in Santa Fe and films on location in northern New Mexico, which doubles for Wyoming.

The show follows Walt Longmire, the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo. Longmire is an old-school type of sheriff. During the course of the show, Longmire has had to solve cases while dealing with life after his wife’s death.

He’s also dealing with Branch Connally, played by Chase – a new and flashy type of deputy – wanting to challenge him for his sheriff position.

According to Nielsen again, “Longmire’s” ratings rose when DVR playbacks were averaged in – 5.4 million viewers to be exact.

The show has grown about six percent since last year.