Season 3 of “UnReal” won’t be coming until early next year on Lifetime. The channel has already decided, however, to continue its relationship with the series.

On Friday Lifetime announced that “UnReal” will be back for a fourth season. First-year drama “Mary Kills People” also got a renewal, which follows a pickup by Canadian broadcaster Global.

Season 3 of “UnReal” — which will feature a “Bachelorette”-like spin on the show-within-the-show, “Everlasting” — had initially been scheduled to air this summer. Last month, however, Lifetime opted to push the season back to early 2018. Production has already wrapped on the season.

“UnReal” is likely to pair with a new show, a thriller called “You,” when it returns.

Season 2 of “UnReal” averaged a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 505,000 viewers for initial airings, down some from 0.3 and 699,000 for Season 1. The show routinely doubled its 18-49 rating with delayed viewing.

It has also given Lifetime a toehold in original scripted programming, which hadn’t really been the case for several years before “UnReal” debuted. Season 1 also netted a pair of Emmy nominations.

“Mary Kills People” stars Caroline Dhavernas (“Hannibal”) as an ER doctor who also helps terminally ill people end their lives on their own terms. Lifetime co-produces the series, which was renewed in Canada in early June.

On Lifetime, the show averaged a 0.2 in adults 18-49 and 634,000 viewers in same-day ratings. Season 2 will run for six episodes, the same as Season 1.

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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