A&E has announced that their hit show Longmire will be renewed for a third season. While it may seem like A&E is trying desperately to be like AMC but with record numbers as their second season ended and a average of 3.7 million viewers, a lot of which were in key demographics, Longmire really seems to be a sleeper hit of a shower for the network. The show is based off of a book of the same name and follows a sheriff who returns to a town shortly after his wife dies. This could be a small window opening for A&E into having more and more scripted shows. Which is much better than any more reality TV.
The news may be good for Longmire but for another A&E show The Glades, things are bleak. The show has been cancelled which was holding its own with about 2.6 million viewers per episode. The show just finished up its fourth season but often got lost in the shuffle of cop procedural shows. The show followed a Chicago detective who relocated to Florida to solve crimes. I guess they thought having alligators next to dead bodies would help the show stand out among the million other cop shows.
With these steps A&E is really hoping to set themselves apart from other networks.