TNT is bringing back “Major Crimes” for a sixth season, albeit one with not quite as big a footprint as past years.

The cable channel announced Wednesday that it has picked up “Major Crimes” for a sixth season in 2017-18. It will run for 13 episodes, down from the longer orders (typically split into a couple blocks in the summer and fall or winter) of the past few seasons.

The current season, which returns Feb. 22, has 21 episodes. Season 4 had 23, and Seasons 2 and 3 had 19 each. The 13 episodes is a more standard length for a cable drama.

The show’s cast, headed by Mary McDonnell, is all set to return for Season 6. An airdate hasn’t been announced yet.

“Major Crimes” continues to put up solid ratings for TNT. The first part of this season, which aired over the summer, averaged a 0.5 same-day rating in adults 18-49 and 3.68 million viewers. A week of DVR and on-demand viewing typically pushed it up to a 1.0 and more than 6 million viewers; TNT says the show’s multiplatform audience was 10 million.

It also ranked among the Top 10 cable dramas of 2016 in viewers and adults 18-49.

“Major Crimes” joins these shows 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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