FOX has picked up “Star” for a third season — and the studio that produces it, 20th Century Fox TV, has signed co-creator Lee Daniels to a new overall deal.

“Star” has been a solid performer for FOX in its second season. The show is averaging a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 — even with last season in a year when most shows are down — and 4.24 million viewers the night it airs. A week of delayed viewing pushes the numbers up to 1.9 and 5.61 million; FOX says “Star” averages 7.2 million viewers across all platforms.

The show stars Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady, Ryan Destiny, Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt. Daniels executive produces “Star,” which he co-created with Tom Donaghy.

“Star” joins “Empire” (another Daniels show), “9-1-1,” “The Gifted,” “The Orville,” “The Resident” and “The Simpsons” on FOX’s slate for 2018-19. The network has also picked up three new shows so far.

The new overall deal for Daniels comes as 20th Century Fox is part of a proposed sale of assets to Disney (a deal that will probably take at least a year to complete). In addition to “Empire” and “Star,” Daniels is executive producing a comedy pilot for FOX called “Our Family.”

“I’ve loved the creative freedom Fox has afforded me over the last several years and proud of the work that we’ve collectively achieved as a result of it,” Daniels says. “I’m excited to continue my time at the studio and produce television that isn’t only personal to my own stories, but also find undiscovered, diverse, new voices to bring to the small screen.”

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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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