Forensic drama to get eighth season

Fox is renewing veteran drama series “Bones” for an eighth season, the network announced Thursday.

The procedural has been a solid player for Fox, averaging a 3.0 rating and 8 share among viewers 18-49, down about 10% versus last year. “Bones” also averages 9.4 million total viewers.

“Over the past seven seasons, Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and the incredible ‘Bones’ cast and crew have redefined the traditional crime procedural with an irreverent and adventurous sensibility and I’m really happy to have this distinctive, fan-favorite on our schedule for another season,” said Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment at Fox.

The series recently switched time slots to Monday at 8 p.m., where it will begin the first of seven original episodes beginning April 2.

“Bones” is the first series Fox has pulled the renewal trigger on for the 2012-13 season. Series will reach its 150th episode next season.

“Bones” is from Far Field Prods. and Josephson Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Hanson. Hanson, Nathan, Ian Toynton, Barry Josephson and Carla Kettner are executive producers.

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