NBC Renews ‘Will & Grace’ for Season 3, Adds to Season 2 Episode Order

NBC has given a third season order to the “Will & Grace” revival that has performed well for the network this season.

Will & Grace” has been renewed for an 18-episode third season. The show was already renewed for season two, which will debut in the fall. NBC has upped the season two order to 18 episodes, up from 13. The series — which reunited stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally with creators/showrunners Max Mutchnick and David Kohan —  hails from Universal Television.

“Will & Grace” is among the more successful of the slew of series reboots in recent years. The show has averaged a solid 9.8 million viewers and 3.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demo in Nielsen’s live-plus-seven ratings since its fall debut in the Thursday 9 p.m. time slot.

“As far as I’m concerned, we can’t get enough of ‘Will & Grace’ and 23 more episodes is music to my ears,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “We’re eternally grateful that Debra, Eric, Sean and Megan feel the same way and wanted to keep this good thing going. I’m overwhelmed by the euphoric response the new show has received from the press and the audience, and my hat is off to the unrivaled writing team of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, as well as the brilliant directing of Jimmy Burrows, for consistently delivering one of the best shows on television.”

The season-three renewal was unveiled as cast and producers gathered Saturday night for a panel session held as part of the Paley Center for Media’s Paleyfest at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre.

The original “Will & Grace” ran on NBC from 1998 to 2006.

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