Disney Channel renews hit half-hour

Disney Channel has renewed “A.N.T. Farm” for a second season after the freshman half-hour became the No. 1 series on TV among the 6-11 and 9-14 demos.

China Anne McClain stars in the skein, which has averaged 2.0 million viewers among kids 6-11 and 1.6 million in kids 9-14 since its premiere in May.

Dan Signer created “A.N.T. Farm” and exec produces with Stephen Engel for It’s A Laugh Prods. Sierra McCormick, Jake Short, Stefanie Scott and Carlon Jeffery co-star.

The renewal enhances McClain’s status as Disney Channel’s latest signing-acting prodigy, following the likes of Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. McClain performs often on the series and, at age 13, is already signed to a Hollywood Records contract. She is working on an album with her sisters Sierra and Lauryn.

An “A.N.T. Farm” soundtrack album released in October spent five weeks atop the Billboard kids album rankings.

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