Legion Renewed For Season 3 At FX

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One of the trippiest shows on television will have the chance to get a whole lot trippier. Legion has been baffling fans in the best way ever since its premiere back in 2017, and it delivered Dan Stevens as Downton Abbey fans could have never imagined him. Season 2 hasn't quite come to an end yet, but FX has already handed down some very good news for viewers. Legion is officially renewed for a third season on FX.

Season 3 of Legion is slated for debut at some point in 2019, although no details about when exactly it will hit the airwaves are available at this point. The first season premiered in February 2017, whereas the second season was held until April 2018, so there's no precedent for when a third season might premiere. For fans' sake, we have to hope that Season 3 debuts at least in the first half of 2019. If the Season 2 finale ends on a cliffhanger like Season 1's cliffhanger, it would be a shame to make fans wait overly long.

FX has not yet announced an episode count for the third season. The first season ran for eight episodes, while the second season was a bit longer. Legion Season 2 originally scored an order for ten episodes, but that order was bumped up to eleven back in May. The extra episode could be a sign that FX is happy with the ratings and viewership accumulated by Legion, although it's also possible that the brass at FX simply realized that there was so much story to tell by the end of the season that the plot could be stretched out into an extra episode.

The ratings and viewership for Legion aren't exactly breaking records for FX, so the network must be pleased with the creative direction of the show. In Live+Same day measurements (via TV Series Finale), the second season is currently averaging an 0.2 rating and 439,000 viewers in the key 18-49 age demographic, which is... not great, even for a cable network that doesn't demand the same kind of numbers as one of the Big Four networks. Those numbers mark a big drop from the Season 1 average, which closed out at an 0.45 rating and 950,000 viewers.

All of that said, Legion is unlike any other show on television, and it may have some extra protection due to its falling under the Marvel banner, even if it's not part of the larger MCU a la Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Netflix series. By ordering a third season, FX has guaranteed a home for one of TV's most unique dramas in recent memory.

Fortunately for fans, Legion Season 2 hasn't come to an end just yet. Two episodes remain before the final Season 2 credits roll, and they could be the trippiest of the season to date. Be sure to tune in to FX on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET to catch the latest episode of Legion. For your viewing options once Legion heads into another hiatus, swing by our summer TV premiere guide and our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule.

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