Disney Renews ‘Austin & Ally’

Disney Channel has ordered a fourth season of its comedy series Austin & Ally, the network announced Saturday.

The series, which stars Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy, finished as the top series on TV among tweens in 2013, as well as the second most watched series among kids 2-11 and kids 6-11.

"The strength of this series helped make 2013 Disney Channel's highest rated year ever among Tweens, an audience that is invested in the Austin & Ally stories, and the fun they experience on a journey with the characters,” said Adam Bonnett, executive vice president of original programming for Disney Channels Worldwide. “We're looking forward to delivering many more engaging stories soon."

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