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James Hibberd
April 21, 2011 AT 04:31 PM EDT

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has been renewed for a third season.

Fallon was quietly re-signed earlier this year with a deal that extends his gig on the late-night series through early 2012. (Fallon’s pickups are “off cycle” since he took over the show midseason in 2009.)

The move keeps NBC’s ratings-topping late-night lineup intact for next season: The network recently renewed Last Call with Carson Daly, while Jay Leno will continue on The Tonight Show.

Fallon grew his ratings 16 percent this year to average 1.8 million viewers, while holding steady with a 0.6 in the adult demo. Plus, he’s widened his lead in both measures over rival CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. And Fallon’s hosting of the Emmy Awards back in August delivered the show’s biggest viewership since 2006 — who can forget that Glee-inspired cold open:

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