FX’s ‘Rescue’ to roll again

Skein basic cable's top frosh series in 18-49 demo

FX has greenlit another season of the Denis Leary firefighter drama “Rescue Me.”

Cabler has ordered a minimum of 13 episodes with the second cycle set to launch next year.

Centered on the lives of a group of New York City firefighters, “Rescue Me” ranks as basic cable’s top frosh series in the key 18-49 demo this year. July preem drew 4.1 million total viewers, making it the most-watched series debut in FX history.

“Everyone at FX couldn’t be more proud of ‘Rescue Me,’ ” FX entertainment prexy John Landgraf said. “The show’s quality has been borne out by extraordinary critical praise and excellent ratings.”

The first six episodes have averaged a solid 2 million 18- to 49-year-olds — the highest tally for a basic- cable show on Wednesday night.

“Denis and Peter (Tolan) have consistently delivered a fresh point of view and a show that is gaining momentum with viewers,” Sony TV topper Russ Krasnoff said.

Remaining seven episodes run Wednesdays at 10 p.m. through Oct. 13.

Show is produced by Apostle Pictures, the Cloudland Co. and DreamWorks TV in association with Sony Pictures TV. Exec producers are Leary, Tolan and Jim Serpico.

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