Sandra Gonzalez
February 05, 2013 AT 07:00 PM EST

Get ready for a little extra Castle and Beckett.

EW has learned that ABC has picked up an additional episode of Castle, bringing its season 5 order to 24 episodes. The additional episode is expected to allow the series to air another new episode in April, rather than a repeat.

Castle, which this season made good on its promise to have Beckett and Castle in a romantic relationship, has seen a slight dip in ratings in recent weeks, but it remains a strong performer. In all likelihood, the next bit of good news for fans of the series will be official word on season 6. Networks usually start making announcements about renewal ahead of the fast-approaching May Upfronts.

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