Fox had one of the most buzzworthy shows to hit the airwaves back in midseason 2016. People were protesting Lucifer before even a single episode had aired, deeming it "spiritually dangerous" for "showing sympathy towards the devil" and "glorifying Satan." Luckily for viewers everywhere, Fox wasn't deterred from debuting Lucifer, and it has become one of the most unpredictable and entertaining shows on the small screen. The network has now officially ordered a third season of the series. Lucifer will be back for a Season 3.

The renewal should come as very good news to any anxious viewers. Lucifer has performed well enough in the ratings throughout Season 2 so far, but Fox has been stingy with renewal orders so far. Until the announcement of the Lucifer renewal, the only other 2016 - 2017 Fox drama guaranteed to return for another season was Empire, and that came as no surprise to anybody who kept up on Fox ratings. On average, Lucifer episodes average eight million viewers across multiple platforms, and that was enough for Fox to want to see another batch of episodes.

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22 episodes have been ordered for Lucifer Season 3. Season 2 also scored a 22-episode order, which was a bump up from the 13 episodes of Season 1. Given the full season order before Season 2 has even finished airing, it's safe to say that Fox doesn't have many doubts about the show continuing to deliver in the future. The way that Season 2 expanded its cast to include characters unlike any other on TV proves that Lucifer has what it takes to keep things devilishly fresh on primetime.

The Lucifer renewal may also bode well for Gotham, which airs immediately before Lucifer on Fox Monday nights. The two shows average about the same ratings. If those ratings were good enough to score Lucifer a Season 3, they may be enough for Gotham to earn a Season 4.

We'll have to wait and see how Lucifer's numbers hold up in the remaining episodes of Season 2. Ratings have been mostly consistent in the 2016 - 2017 season, but the show is currently on a hiatus that will undoubtedly feel painfully long for viewers. The last episode aired on January 30, and the next won't air until April 24. This long hiatus comes after the series was off the air for six weeks at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. We can only hope that the long breaks won't have a major impact on viewership for Lucifer moving forward.

That said, viewership for the rest of the season won't matter as much as it would if Lucifer hadn't already scored the renewal. Fans can now enjoy what Season 2 has left to offer without worrying whether or not the show will be cancelled. Check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch during the Lucifer hiatus, and tune in to Fox on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET to catch new episodes of Lucifer when it returns in April.

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