This should come as no surprise for fans of “Shameless,” give star Emmy Rossum’s new contract and the final scene of Sunday’s Season 7 finale, but the show has been officially renewed for an eighth season.

Rossum, who had been renegotiating her deal with producer Warner Bros. TV and seeking pay equal to that of co-star William H. Macy, finalized her deal last week. She tweeted at the time that she would be “back to work in May.”

Then, a scene following the closing credits of Sunday’s finale asked viewers to “come back next year.” Showtime followed up Monday with an announcement of the renewal.

Season 7 of the show — the second in the 2016 calendar year, as Showtime moved its premiere date up to fall — was the highest-rated season of the show to date. Prior to Sunday’s finale it was averaging a 0.5 same-day rating among adults 18-49 and 1.39 million viewers. It regularly doubled its 18-49 rating with a week of DVR and on-demand viewing and grew its total audience by better than 80 percent.

If the show resumes production in the spring, per Rossum’s tweet last week, it will likely return in the same fall spot in 2017.

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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