'The Americans' renewed through sixth and final season at FX

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"The Americans' will end after two more seasons.

"The Americans" had been renewed for two more seasons, which will mark the end of the critically acclaimed FX drama's run.

The extension includes a full 13 episodes for next year, and a truncated order of 10 for a sixth and final season in 2018.

While the show has never been a major ratings draw, it has generated positive reviews, and accolades from groups like the American Film Institute. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell star as a pair of Soviet spies, operating on U.S. soil in the 1980s.

On a seven-day basis, "The Americans" currently averages a modest 2.2 million viewers. That's down 9% from its ratings for the third season. FX chief John Landgraf has stated that critical praise figures in the network's calculations on sticking with a series.

The series has always seemed to come with a built-in expiration date, given the eventual fall of the Berlin Wall and end of the Cold War. The current season will end in June.

In a statement, producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields said they were "grateful" to be allowed to see the story through to its conclusion.


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