There’s something satisfactory about a series that does well, even if it is on a smaller network like A&E. For a show like Longmire, a few million views per episode is considered a hit, whereas if it were airing on CBC it would be considered a failure. Thankfully that’s not the case. In fact, it’s the exact opposite for Longmire, which is A&E’s most-watched drama ever. It’s a low bar to hit, sure, but it’s still something that matters. You should never think a few million isn’t a lot. Can you honestly say you watch a ton of A&E programming? I know I don’t. So Longmire amassing its viewer count is an achievement worth noting.
To celebrate the success of Longmire, A&E has renewed the drama for a third season now that A&E has closed a new deal with Warner Horizon. The announcement only just recently came out, but the news of the show’s continued existence has been known since the Season 2 finale, when shortly afterwards executive producer John Coveny took to Twitter to say “The call just came: SEASON 3 for #Longmire is a GO!” According to Deadline, Longmire’s second season averaged 3.7 million total viewers, with the finale bringing the season high of 4.4 million total viewers. Those numbers are huge for A&E and it is exciting Longmire will continue for another 10 episodes. Here’s hoping for even more episodes following Season 3.
Based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by Craig Johnson, Longmire stars Robert Taylor as Longmire, with the cast being rounded out by Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley. The show is one you should definitely checked out; I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and, though I haven’t sat down and watched it myself, I think it’ll be a fun one to just enjoy without too much effort.