July 31, 2013 03:31:41 GMT
The network has also ordered additional episodes of freshmen 'Twisted' and 'The Fosters'.
On the heels of "Bunheads" cancellation, ABC Family delivers the good news to "Switched at Birth" cast and fans. The Millennial-skewing network has ordered a third season of the Peabody Award winning drama.
The network also gives a vote of confidence to newbies "Twisted" and "The Fosters", giving back-order pick-ups to the summer dramas. Both shows, along with "Switched at Birth", are set to return in January 2014 alongside "Pretty Little Liars" after their summer finales.
"ABC Family has always been a home for groundbreaking storytelling with iconic characters and families and we're thrilled to have 'The Fosters' and 'Twisted' join our line-up as breakout summer hits," Michael Riley, President ABC Family, says in a statement.
"We are very proud of the original series we continue to foster, bringing real and relatable characters to life for our viewers and know they are destined to become part of the zeitgeist alongside 'Switched at Birth' and 'Pretty Little Liars'."
Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer of ABC Family, adds, " 'Switched at Birth' is like no other show on television and we are so proud to have it as part of our family. Adding additional seasons and episodes of our returning series spotlights how well our programming resonates with our audience."
"Switched at Birth" continues to be a strong performer on Monday nights for ABC Family, averaging 2.4 million in total viewers. Executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, "The Fosters" is summer's No. 1 new cable TV series in viewers 12-34 with an average of 1.3 million viewers. "Twisted", meanwhile, is the second most popular new cable TV series, generating close to 2 million viewers each week.
The network has previously renewed "Melissa & Joey" for a fourth season and "Baby Daddy" for a third season.