USA Network has renewed its signature drama series “Mr. Robot” for a third season.

The pickup was a fait accompli after the show secured an Emmy nomination for best drama series for its freshman year, when it emerged as a sleeper hit for USA. “Mr. Robot” is in the midst of its 10-episode second season.

The show produced by Universal Cable Productions remains a modest performer from a ratings standpoint, with its most recent airing on Aug. 10 grabbing 572,000 same-day viewers. For the season, it’s averaging a 0.3 rating in adults 18-49 (same-day) and 759,000 viewers; its 18-49 rating regularly doubles after a week of DVR viewing.

But the stylish thriller, created and exec produced by Sam Esmail, is bulletproof when it comes to ratings. The show has put USA on the map as a player in the prestige drama sweepstakes — grabbing Peabody, AFI, Writers Guild and Golden Globe kudos to date — as well as being a social media magnet.

“We couldn’t be more proud of ‘Mr. Robot,’ a series that has pushed boundaries, captured the cultural zeitgeist, and been honored as one of the best dramas on television,” Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, says in a statement. “Midway through its second season, ‘Mr. Robot’ continues to break new ground and open up new opportunities for the network.”

Posted by:Cynthia Littleton, Variety

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