The vampire pandemic of “The Strain” will come to end next year on FX.

That’s not a prediction about what will happen creatively on the series. Rather, FX announced Tuesday that it has picked up the show for a fourth and final season to air in 2017.

“We sincerely thank [executive producers] Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team, as well as the fantastic cast, for three exciting seasons of ‘The Strain,'” FX head of original programming Nick Grad says in a statement. “Though we’re sad to see it go, we fully support the way in which they are crafting the fourth season’s dramatic conclusion.”

Cuse notes that he, del Toro and Hogan initially envisioned a three-season run for the show, which is based on a book trilogy by del Toro and Hogan. “After finishing the writing on season three, Guillermo, Chuck and I looked at our remaining story and felt the best version could be told in one more season.”

Through its first five episodes, Season 3 of “The Strain” is averaging a 0.5 same-day rating in adults 18-49 and 1.06 million viewers. That’s down a bit from the 0.6 and 1.34 million it drew in Season 2. The show typically rises to a 0.8 or 0.9 in the demo with three days of delayed viewing.

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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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