The Last Ship is staying the course, having earned a Season 4 renewal from TNT on Sunday.
The cabler announced the action-thriller’s 13-episode pickup as part of the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Series lead Eric Dane, who plays CNO/former Nathan James captain Tom Chandler, told TVLine earlier this season that this year’s finale lays the groundwork for another run, if not more. “We know where Chandler is going to be at the beginning of Season 4,” he said of his talks with producers, adding: “[W]e have an idea what the first five seasons look like.”
Season-to-date, The Last Ship is averaging 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, with its July 24 voyage matching season highs. With DVR, VOD and whatnot, its weekly haul totals 7.6 million viewers.
Earlier this summer, TNT renewed the dysfunctional family drama Animal Kingdom for Season 2, while expanding Major Crimes Season 5 to 21 episodes. Murder in the First is in the midst of Season 3, Rizzoli & Isles is scheduled to wrap its seven-season run on Sept. 5, The Librarians Season 3 premieres Nov. 20 and the freshman drama Good Behavior bows Nov. 15.
Season 3 of The Last Ship continues tonight at 9/8c, with Episode 8 of 13.