Members of the Guilty Remnant can call off their protests in front of HBO’s offices: “The Leftovers” has been renewed for a third season.

It will also be the final one for the show, the cable channel announced Thursday.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome back [creators] Damon Lindelof [and] Tom Perrotta and the extraordinary talent behind ‘The Leftovers’ for its third and final season,” HBO Programming head Michael Lombardo says in a statement. “This show has proven to be one of the most distinctive HBO series, and we are extremely proud of its unrivaled originality, which has resulted in such a passionate following by our HBO viewers. We admire and fully support Damon’s artistic vision and respect his decision to bring the show to its conclusion next season.”

Ratings for “The Leftovers” took a hit in Season 2, falling by more than 50 percent in adults 18-49 (0.33 same-day vs. 0.77 for Season 1), although there was an upswing in the final weeks. Conversely, the show’s expanded canvas brought in better reviews than it received for the first season.

“On behalf of our incredible crew and superb cast, we are all tremendously grateful that HBO is giving us an opportunity to conclude the show on our own terms,” Lindelof says in a statement. “An opportunity like this one rarely comes along, and we have every intention of living up to it.”

“The Leftovers” joins this list of shows renewed for 2016 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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