ABC gives third-season pickup to “Castle”

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What a difference a strong “Dancing with the Stars” lead-in makes.

A growth story for much of this season, “Castle” has benefited big time over the last two weeks, thanks to a surging “Dancing.” Now, ABC has given an early third season pickup to the drama.

Pickup comes after Monday night’s episode — the second half of a two-parter — landed the No. 1 slot at 10 p.m., and also posted its best ratings ever among adults 18-49 (3.7/10) and total viewers (14.5 million).

According to ABC, “Castle” even gave ABC its largest Monday 10 p.m. audience for a regular scripted series since 1996 (!) and its best adults 18-49 mark there since 2001.

Pickup is for a full 22-episode third season.

“Castle,” which launched last midseason, stars Nathan Fillion as a novelist who winds up helping an NYPD detective (Stana Katic) solve crimes. Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever also star.

ABC Studios is behind “Castle,” which comes from exec producers Andrew Marlowe, Rob Bowman, René Echevarria, Laurie Zaks and Armyan Bernstein.

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  1. Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

  2. Alex says:

    I know what picture Jana is talking about – they must have changed it.
    Here’s a link to a picture like the one they probably had up first:
    http://www.whendoesitstart.tv/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/castle.jpg

  3. Ellie says:

    I have never seen one episode of DWTS, but I never miss Castle. I love it! Great, fun show.

  4. V says:

    @Jana, If you’re talking about the only 2 people with lighter colored hair (they are redheads btw, not blonde), they are actually Castle’s mother and daughter. Where in the world did the “second ex-wife” come from? And the man all the way to the right, is indeed Seamus Dever, who is CURRENTLY playing Det. Ryan on the show.

  5. Paul says:

    Castle is the best show on television and deserves some emmy love for it’s inventive writing and direction and the cast that just outstanding. This is the most satisfying show on the air today. Move over Mad Men and Big Love == Academy members, please make room for the excellent CASTLE.

  6. Jana says:

    What a horribly outdated photo. The blonde, Castle’s second ex-wife, only appeared briefly in the pilot and the man all the way to the right is – I assume – the original Detective Ryan and is not currently in the role.
    I’m excited for the pickup, but that’s pretty lazy right there.

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