'Boardwalk Empire's Fans Will Love This News, Even If It Is Sort of Predictable

I'm pretty inclined to just say "no shit" and leave this post like that, but in the interest of journalism, I should probably include a little more info about this news item than just that. According to Entertainment Weekly, HBO has officially renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fifth season only three weeks after the fourth season premiere, and less than a week after Bobby Cannavale took home an Emmy award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his role as Gyp Rosetti last season.

Ratings-wise, Boardwalk Empire has been averaging a little over 2 million viewers per episode live this season, which is just about on par with last season. Across all platforms — that is, OnDemand viewings, and HBO Go streaming — the fourth season is averaging about 7.5 million viewers, making it one of HBO's most well-performing shows.

The series stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, a gangster in New Jersey, and was created by Terence Winter. In addition to Cannavale's surprise win, the series took home four Creative Arts Emmy awards.

Now I can say it. HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fifth season, because: No shit.

Boardwalk Empire airs on Sundays at 9 PM on HBO.