‘Rookie Blue’ Locks Up a Third Season on ABC

Cop drama gets the green-light for a third run three weeks after its second run began

Last Updated: July 13, 2011 @ 9:31 AM

The police drama "Rookie Blue" has received an early renewal for a third season from ABC after airing just three episodes of its second season, the network announced on Wednesday.

The series, which stars Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Charlotte Sullivan and Enuka Okuma, has been a solid ratings earner for ABC, ranking first in its Thursday at 10 p.m. time slot in the adults 18-49 demographic so far this summer. The move to that time slot from its previous 9 p.m. spot, which occured with show's sophomore run, has provided a boost to ABC, leading to an 8 percent increase in total viewers and a 14 percent climb among adults 18-49 in that hour over the network's summer 2010 averages.

The third season will begin production in Toronto later this summer. The series is produced by Thump Inc., which developed it, and indie studio and distributor Entertainment One.