‘Falling Skies’ Gets Third Season From TNT

Steven Spielberg-produced "Falling Skies" has averaged 5.9 million total viewers for its current season

"Falling Skies"  will land on TNT's schedule for a third season.

The Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series has been renewed, the network said on Wednesday. The renewal is hardly surprising; the first season was basic cable's top new series of 2011, while the currently airing second season is averaging 5.9 million total viewers and ranks as basic cable's top summer drama among the 18-49 demographic that advertisers care about most.  The show airs Sundays at 9 p.m.

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"Falling Skies" stars "E.R." alum Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, a former college professor who leads a resistance group against an alien invasion.

Calling the series "television storytelling at its very best," Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, noted, "With all the memorable and surprising moments taking place during the second season of 'Falling Skies,' we can't wait to see what DreamWorks Television and 'Falling Skies'' terrific production team and cast members have in store for season three."