OWN has picked up its drama series “Greenleaf” for a third season, ahead of the second half of Season 2 premiering later this month.

The series, which focuses on a family that runs a megachurch in Memphis, has been a solid ratings performer for OWN. Season 3 will also make Rick Fox, who currently recurs as journalist Darius Nash, a regular member of the cast.

“We can’t wait to see what another season of ‘Greenleaf’ will bring,” OWN president Erik Logan says in a statement. “This series was instrumental in evolving OWN’s scripted programming, and it continues to pull in viewers each week with its unique storytelling and characters.”

The first half of Season 2 averaged a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 1.35 million viewers for initial airings. That’s down from 0.6 and 2.11 million for the first season but still a decent number for the channel. With three days of delayed viewing, it tops 2 million viewers.

“Greenleaf” also draws well among OWN’s core demographic of women 25-54, ranking in the top 5 among all scripted series on cable.

The show stars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, Deborah Joy Winans, GregAlan Williams, Tye White, Desiree Ross and Lovie Simone. Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under,” “Brothers & Sisters”) and Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”) serve as executive producers along with OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey.

Season 2 of the series resumes Aug. 15; there’s no word yet on a specific premiere date for Season 3.

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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