Comedy Central has moved in to secure its current 11:30 PM program, @midnight with Chris Hardwick, for another year, giving the show a 40-week Season 4 pickup to air through 2017.

@midnight, as the title suggests, was originally intended and aired at midnight. It was recently upgraded to 11:30 PM after the cancellation of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and airs Monday-Thursday after The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Could the temporary slot become permanent? The network is developing ideas for 11:30 PM but is said to be keeping all options open, especially with @midnight ramping up its political quotient that makes it a more suitable lead-out from The Daily Show.

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“We are really pleased with how Chris and team have opened the aperture of @midnight to cover more of the socially and politically relevant topics of the day, and I defy anyone to find a show with a higher joke-per-minute ratio,” said Comedy Central President Kent Alterman.

@midnight with Chris Hardwick is executive produced by Hardwick, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant; Mike Farah and Joe Farrell for Funny Or Die; Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler and Jon Zimelis of Serious Business; showrunner Jack Martin; and Alex Murray of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. The series recently received its second consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Social TV Experience.

“I LOVE making @midnight and we will continue to innovate inappropriate jokes about social media and pop culture in the late-night landscape,” said comedian Hardwick, one of the most in-demand talk show emcees who also hosts AMC’s Talking Dead. “I’m proud to get to work with this amazing team for another year, and hopefully beyond!”

On-air @midnight reaches the youngest (median age: 39 years), most male (64%) audience of any daily late-night talk show and ranks #3 with Men 18-24 and #5 with Men 18-34 in all of late-night.

@midnight also is the most social of the late-night talk shows on Twitter with the series’ signature #HashtagWars consistently landing as Twitter’s top Trending Topic, both nationally and worldwide. Its Trump vs. Bernie @midnight Presidential Debate reached 6 million views, the most viewed clip of 2016 for Comedy Central on YouTube, and its Golden Girls theme song with Trump, Putin and Pence reached 40 million people with 330,000 shares on Facebook.