A low-key midseason entry in 2016, Lucifer, from Warner Bros TV, exceeded expectations earning a second-season renewal, a Season 2 back order and an early Season 3 renewal — all within nine months. Last season, Lucifer ran head-to-head in the ratings with its higher-profile, bigger-budget Monday lead-in Gotham, both averaging a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating in Live+Same Day and and 1.9 in L+7.
Both comic-based dramas are down this season, with Lucifer, now a Monday 8 PM anchor, averaging a 1.1 in Live+7. (Gotham is at a 1.2.)
Lucifer, based on the comic book characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, starred Ellis, Lauren German, Rachael Harris, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia, Tricia Helfer, Scarlett Estevez and Kevin Alejandro, who is already being pursued by other shows.
The story of the original fallen angel continued in Season 3, with the charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Ellis), helping LAPD detective Chloe Decker (German) take down criminals.
Lucifer was produced by WBTV in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The series is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Joe Henderson, Ildy Modrovich, Sheri Elwood and KristieAnne Reed.
Ellis first shared the news on Twitter.