The second season of ITV’s acclaimed drama, Broadchurch, concluded Monday night in the UK after averaging 9M consolidated viewers during the run. ITV has now renewed the series for a third season which will again feature David Tennant’s Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman’s Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller.

Created by Chris Chibnall, Broadchurch is produced by Kudos and Imaginary Friends Productions. Chibnall will write Season 3. Although she is leaving Kudos, Jane Featherstone will continue as exec producer with Chibnall.

Reviews and ratings in the UK have been strong this go-round (although the finale is drawing mixed notices this morning). The January 5 debut episode drew 7.6M viewers in the overnights, up 800K over the first season opener in 2013. The finale last night drew a new season high of 7.85M and a 33.7 share. That was up 1.88M viewers from the previous week, although it was down 800K on the Season 1 finale.

Season 2 launches in the U.S. on BBC America on March 4; it deals with the aftermath of the investigation into the murder of schoolboy Danny Latimer and the trial that follows, as well as delving into the old Sandbrook case that haunts Hardy.

New castmembers in Season 2 included Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eve Myles and James D’Arcy. Details of those joining Tennant and Colman for S3 will be confirmed at a later date, as will the shooting schedule.