“The Fosters” will live on for another season on Freeform.

The cable channel announced Tuesday that it has renewed “The Fosters” for a fifth season. Freeform has also picked the “Bachelor” spinoff “Happily Ever After?” for a second season and given a series order to “The Bold Type” (formerly “Issues”), a drama set at a women’s magazine and inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.

The pickup of “The Fosters” ensures the show will reach the 100-episode plateau; it has aired 72 episodes to date, with the second half of Season 4 set to begin Jan. 31.

With “Pretty Little Liars” and “Switched at Birth” both set to end in 2017, keeping “The Fosters” will ensure some continuity among Freeform’s dramas. None of the channel’s other hourlong series have been around for more than two seasons.

The first half of Season 4 averaged a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 (live + same-day) and 890,000 viewers, with substantial gains after a week of DVR and on-demand viewing. “The Fosters” and “Shadowhunters” tie for second on Freeform among the 18-49 set, behind “Pretty Little Liars.”

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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