ITV renews Law & Order: UK

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The cancellation cloud that's been looming above ITV's headquarters appears to be lifting this week as Law & Order: UK joins Lewis in ITV1's safe series category.

The crime drama, which is a remake of popular US program Law & Order, returns with a new 13-part season next year. It is the second show to be re-commissioned by the channel since announcing plans to cut back production of prime-time dramas.

Despite debuting to mixed reviews in February, Law & Order: UK managed to draw impressive ratings, on average attracting 6.3 million viewers (25 per cent of the total TV audience) per episode (is that what you meant?). The show's success echoes that of its American counterpart, which was recently picked up for its 20th series.

Law & Order: UK's entire cast will return for its second series, with Doctor Who's Freema Agyeman and Coronation Street's Bradley Walsh again leading the team as DS Ronnie Brooks and Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips respectively.

"Audiences clearly loved the first series which featured the cream of British acting talent with gripping 'torn from the headlines' storylines and this will again be at the heart of the new series," explains ITV's director of drama Laura Mackie.

"This new commission brings our total order to 26 episodes which demonstrates our commitment to series that have concepts and storylines that can run long term," she added.

Detective drama Lewis was also renewed this week however not all ITV dramas have been as successful; earlier this month ratings-winner Primeval was axed alongside Philip Glenister's supernatural drama Demons due to cost-cutting.

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