[Via Disney Channel Press Release...]
Disney Channel has ordered a third season of "Austin & Ally," TV's
#1 comedy series in Kids 2-11, it was announced today by Adam Bonnett,
Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide.
The series stars Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum
Worthy. Production resumes in Los Angeles in July, with Season Three
scheduled to premiere in October 2013.
Bonnett said: "'Austin & Ally' continues to hit high notes with kids
and families, and the new season promises excitement for 'Auslly' fans
as Austin's music career kicks into full gear and Ally's begins to take
flight. This ensemble cast -- Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez
and Calum Worthy -- has incredible comedic chemistry and charm that
continues to win audiences over."
A fan favorite, "Austin & Ally" follows the adventures of an
improbable pair -- a singer and a songwriter, and their two best friends
-- trying to achieve their dreams. Austin, now making his mark as an
upcoming pop star, must rely on the songwriting expertise of Ally, who
is fast becoming a bona fide performer in her own right.
"Austin & Ally" is TV's #1 series in Kids 2-11 (2.3 million/5.9
rating), Kids 6-11 (1.9 million/8.1 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.8
million/7.7 rating). The series hit a series ratings high among Tweens
during the quarter and delivered its #2 telecast of all time in Total
Viewers, Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11.
Created by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert ("Good Burger," "Kenan &
Kel," Disney Channel's "Sonny With A Chance" and "JONAS"), and
executive-produced by Kopelow, Seifert and Rick Nyholm ("I'm in the
Band," "George Lopez"), the series stars musician and actor Ross Lynch
as Austin, actress Laura Marano ("Without a Trace," "Back to You") as
Ally, Raini Rodriguez (Disney's "Prom," "I'm in the Band") as Trish and
Calum Worthy ("Psych," "Good Luck Charlie") as Dez.
Audiences continue to embrace music from the series, with the "Austin
& Ally" soundtrack peaking at #1 on iTunes Top Soundtracks chart,
and the music video for "Heard it on the Radio" posting nearly 8 million
views on VEVO. Additionally, fans continued to show their support and
creativity by creating one million "unique" versions of the interactive
music video on AustinandAllyVideo.com.
New episodes of "Austin & Ally" air SUNDAYS on Disney Channel. The
series is a production of It's A Laugh Productions, Inc and carries a
TV-G parental guideline.
Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television
network that taps into the world of kids and families through original
series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 99 million
U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around
the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group.
[Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, 12/31/12-3/24/13, trackage data with minimum 5 telecasts]