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Renewal news: 'X Factor,' 'Arrow'... and 'Homeland'

"The X Factor” has just scored a third season — and by “just, " I mean it was announced via Twitter late this morning by Simon Cowell — while Showtime did just give a third season to “Homeland.”

Certainly, the new seasons were expected in both instances; “Homeland” just won a best show/drama Emmy for its first season, so a non-order would have been unthinkable. Plus, it's doing very well.

Meanwhile, CW's “Arrow,” which I also like, just got a full season.

Here's the word from Showtime:

HOMELAND returned for its second season on Sept. 30th, up 60 percent from its season one premiere, delivering 2.07 million viewers for the night. The season two premiere week of HOMELAND attracted 5.2 million viewers across platforms (including Live+7, DVR and On Demand), up 25 percent vs. season one (4.1 million), a series high and the best performance ever for a sophomore series on SHOWTIME. Last night, HOMELAND delivered its highest-rated episode ever with 1.75 million viewers at 10 p.m., a series high that outperformed its season two premiere (vs. 1.73 million). Four weeks into the season, On Demand has increased views of the HOMELAND season two premiere to a total of 5.7 million viewers. Season three will begin production spring 2013. The series is produced by FOX 21.

Tags: showtime , homeland , arrow , cw , the x factor

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