Two shows get early renewals from their respective networks. HBO renews the critically acclaimed "Boardwalk Empire" for a fifth season just two weeks after the fourth season premiered on September 8, while FOX gives a 22-episode season 5 order to "Bob's Burgers" ahead of its fourth season premiere on September 29.
Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming, states when announcing "Boardwalk Empire" renewal, "Thanks to Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder and their stellar team, 'Boardwalk Empire' remains in a class by itself. I look forward to another electrifying season of this impeccably crafted series."
The renewal comes on the heels of the show's five Emmy wins, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Bobby Cannavale, who surprisingly edged out Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad". The period drama continues to be one of HBO's most-watched original programs, with an average gross audience of 7.5 million viewers this season.
As for "Bob's Burgers" renewal, FOX chairman Kevin Reilly says in a press release, " 'Bob's Burgers' is one of those rare finds that just continues to outdo itself, creatively. The show has become a key member of our Sunday Animation Domination family, and we're looking forward to attracting new fans with another season."
The most recent season of "Bob's Burgers" averaged a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and with an average viewer age of 32 years old. It becomes one of the top 10 comedies in male demos and one of the five youngest-skewing series on the broadcast networks.