A source of solid ratings and continued buzz, A&E opted to renew original drama “Bates Motel” for a third season.

“The incredible writing team and talented ‘Bates Motel’ cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television,” said A&E’s David McKillop. “The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. We are so proud of the show.”

After delivering series high ratings for it season 2 premiere, “Bates” fell to consecutive viewership lows for its subsequent two airings.

Just as pessimism started to emerge, the show’s ratings rebounded for episode four. When the fifth season two episode maintained that improvement, A&E decided it was time to pull the trigger on another round of “Bates.”

Like its two predecessors, season three will consist of ten episodes.

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