‘The Americans’ Renewed for Season 3

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Keri Russel and Matthew Rhys in The Americans Season 2 Episode 2 The Americans Renewed for Season 3

The Americans may not possess the word-of-mouth appeal of other FX series like Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story. However, the spy drama – which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as a pair of Soviet KGB officers posing as a married American couple during the Cold War – has managed to carve itself a strong niche among viewers and a fervent fanbase all its own.

After a highly praised first season, The Americans returned for season 2 with modest but solid ratings in keeping with its season-one average. Furthermore, the series has proven to be a great asset to FX with regards to the precious demographic of adults 18-49, where its numbers spike considerably (especially when DVR viewings are taken into account). However, despite the fact that its second season has only a handful of episodes left to air, the show had yet to be renewed for another year. Until now.

FX has officially ordered 13 new episodes of the series, confirming that The Americans will indeed return for season three. Despite the show’s less-than-stellar ratings, its renewal isn’t particularly shocking, considering that The Americans has garnered strong reviews and a slew of awards nominations and honors since debuting early last year.

Keidrich Sellati and Keri Russell in The Americans Season 2 Episode 1 The Americans Renewed for Season 3

It’s a testament to the network’s faith in the long-term future of the show that it is holding on to The Americans even with a number of high-profile new projects in the works. In addition to the recent debuts of the Coen brothers adaptation Fargo (read our review) and George Lopez comedy Saint George, the network has the David Yates-directed Tyrant pilot in the queue, as well as vampire thriller The Strain from director Guillermo del Toro. All in all, the network is certainly not in a position to be forced to keep shows that aren’t performing up to par.

Exactly how long The Americans will stick around and where the show’s espionage-laden narrative will take it next are questions for another day. In the meantime, it looks like – at least for now – fans of The Americans can rest easy and enjoy the continuing adventures of the Jennings family.

Are you glad that The Americans is coming back for another round of episodes on FX, or would you prefer the network continue its focus on promising new series instead? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.


The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.

Source: FX

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  1. Hey!
    This is a fantastic series, PLEASE continue it! The writing and directing are superb and the acting is fantastic. DO NOT DISCONTINE, that’s my vote.

  2. Can’t wait for it to come back. Really enjoy watching it. We have to watch it on xfinity because of our schedules. What date does it come back?

  3. Please go on air!! It is the most intelligent, funny and unpredictable serie I’ve ever seen!! In Italy the dubbing is awful, we watch it in tAmerican but I can understand if there is not a local success with the Italian version on TV :/

  4. The Americans is the best and most original television program produced in ages. I’ve never been much of a Keri Russell fan before (not that I necessarily ever disliked her work) but she is amazing in this. In fact, the entire cast makes the show so believable. Can’t wait for Season 3!!!

  5. This is an amazing show. (DO NOT like the other “you may likes….”
    Please continue The Americans, everyone we know loves it too. Thanks.

  6. The Americans is absolutely tops. The acting and writing stellar. I’m 69 years old so it resonates with me but I think anyone of any age would find it interesting.

  7. Love The Americans. Hooray!

  8. What an excellent series the Americans is, my husband and I cannot wait for the season 3!

  9. I’m so excited that the Americans has been renewed for a three season. I watched seasons one and two in four days. thank you Fx you are a great network with great visions and excellent programs.

  10. Awesome show. From the writing to the acting to the production. Love Keri Russell and the whole cast. Everyone that I’ve suggested watch the show has become a fan. Can’t wait for season 3 to start. Best seat of your pants thriller on TV today.

  11. I am very excited to hear that The Americans will be returning and now would love to hear the The Bridge is also returning. The Bridge was an exciting two seasons with excellent acting.

  12. Great TV

  13. I caught one episode on fx and the went online to watch more.I watched the entire two seasons in a long weekend.seriously the best scripted show I’ve seen.its believable real heartbreaking funny and just frickin awesome.its not in a bizarro Wold like American horror story which I think peaked with coven, and AHS won’t exist without Jessica Lange.so this could be its grand farewell.why isn’t Kerri Russells pr team getting her covers in high fashion on red carpets to get it hyped.Kerri Washington couldn’t do 90% of what Kerri russet, does but they put her on a few covers gave her some or and promoted what is basically a boring soap opera when you remove the white house setting.if they want a huge hit in this media culture get gorgeous Kerri russel on a cover of vogue or W or hell Redbook, send her to the opening of an envelope like MS.Washington dressed in something that ends in haute couture and she’s got coverage.the media won’t talk to you without the necessary who are you wearing.this show is far too good to waste not using all ur assists to promote it.Kerri Russell is an asset that’s waiting for her media darling return along with that buzz about the show.send her to Moscow for a photo shoot, vogue eats that stuff up.thick could be a huge thing if it was promoted.run a few marathons and get this show out there.god I wish I was running pr for this project.

  14. I have never been a big spy suspense mystery fan except for 007 bond thrillers. But I must say “The Americans” is really quite good at keeping you on the edge of your seat.
    It’s just a matter of time before poor Martha is no more. Nothing personal Martha but you are in bed with WMDs

  15. I LOVE this show. Such a great series. Thanks for renewing for 3rd season….The Acting is soo good and story line is great.

  16. I can’t begin to describe how devastating it can be when a new(er) series gets cancelled, when it quickly becomes one of your favorites.

    I really hope this to see this series through.

  17. Great series, awesome plot, great characters.