Once Upon a Time Renewed Season 6

Once Upon a Time Renewed for Season 6

Just days before launching the back half of Season 5, ABC’s Once Upon a Time has scored a renewal for Season 6.

Series co-creator Adam Horowitz, as he did last year, announced the pick-up news via Twitter on Thursday afternoon:

TVLine’s hand-carved Renewal Scorecard has thusly been updated.

Interestingly, the early renewal announcement comes barely two weeks after ABC shook up its upper management, replacing entertainment chief Paul Lee with Channing Dungey.

Season-to-date, the fantastical drama series — which starting Sunday is heading to the Underworld — is averaging 5 million weekly viewers and a 1.6 demo rating, down about 25 percent from its Season 4 cycle. With Live+7 DVR playback, those numbers grow to 7.3 mil/2.6, ranking sixth and fifth among ABC’s dramas.

As scooped this week by TVLine, Once is currently casting the recurring roles of two sparring brothers, to debut at season’s end and continue on into Season 6.

What are you hopes and wishes for Once‘s sixth season?

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