Fans became worried once the show wrapped production on season three and no information was known about the future of the series. Add in the fact that recent premieres of the series have registered some of the series’ lowest ratings (though it’s not the only Disney show in that situation), and it was understandable for fans to worry.
Though they can now breathe a sigh of relief.
Austin & Ally joins other current Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie and Dog With A Blog for next season renewals. I Didn’t Do It is still in its freshman season and Girl Meets World has yet to premiere.
The only current live-action series waiting for its future to be known is Jessie. The show has wrapped production on season three with a special two-hour event in which the title character is getting married – a Disney Channel first. Including that four-episode event, there are 14 episodes left to air in the season. However, tweets like this can cause worry over the future of the series.
A press release from Disney Channel follows:
DISNEY CHANNEL RENEWS “AUSTIN & ALLY” FOR FOURTH SEASON
Disney Channel has ordered a fourth season of the popular comedy series “Austin & Ally.” It was announced today by Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. Starring Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy, “Austin & Ally” ranked as 2013’s #1 series on TV among Tweens and the #2 series among Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11. 2014 to-date, it is TV’s #1 series in its primary timeslot among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14. It was created and is executive-produced by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert.
Bonnett said, “The strength of this series helped make 2013 Disney Channel’s highest rated year ever among Tweens, an audience that is invested in the ‘Austin & Ally’ stories, and the fun they experience on a journey with the characters. We’re looking forward to delivering many more engaging stories soon.
A fan favorite on Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Channel and across social media, the series inspired two soundtracks including one that rose to #2 on the iTunes soundtrack chart behind only Disney’s blockbuster “Frozen,” a popular music video for the hit song “Heard it on the Radio,” a DVD compilation “Austin & Ally: All the Write Moves” and “Austin & Ally: Chasing the Beat,” a DVD releasing later this year. It also inspired two collections in the lifestyle apparel brand “D-Signed.”
New episodes of “Austin & Ally” air SUNDAYS on Disney Channel. The series is a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.
Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 99 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group.
[Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, 2013 and most current, 12/31/13-4/22/14.]