O.C. Gets Go-Ahead For Third Season

Despite a slight reduction in ratings, FOX took no chances and renewed the O.C. for 2005-06.

FOX announced Tuesday (March 22) that it has ordered a third season of the series.

“We’re pleased to give ‘The O.C.’ a very early pickup,” FOX Entertainment president Gail Berman says. “The show has performed exceptionally well, achieving hit status on a highly competitive night and giving us a solid anchor on Thursdays.”

The show is drawing around 7 million viewers per week this season. That’s down about 2 million from the same time last year; however, it aired in a somewhat less competitive time slot on Wednesdays.

FOX did point out that the show is number one in its time slot for the coveted 18-34 demographic.

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