HBO has picked up the comedy duo of “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” for new seasons in 2018.

“Silicon Valley” will enter its fifth season next year, while “Veep” will hit its seventh.

Both shows have taken ratings hits this year by virtue of not having “Game of Thrones” as a lead-in, but they’re also still at the high end of HBO’s current comedies. Thus the renewals aren’t much of a surprise.

“Silicon Valley” is averaging a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 842,000 viewers on the night it airs so far this season. Last year following “Game of Thrones,” it drew a 0.9 and 1.75 million viewers. A week of DVR and on-demand viewing pushes the show up to the 0.7-0.8 range in the 18-49 demographic and about 1.5 million viewers.

“Veep” brings in 591,000 viewers and a 0.2 18-49 rating for its initial airings (vs. 0.5/994,000 last season) and typically doubles (at least) both figures after a week of delayed viewing.

The show is also an awards magnet for HBO, having won 12 Emmys over its first five seasons, including two for outstanding comedy series and five straight for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The two shows join these series that have been renewed for 2017-18 and beyond.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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