NBC has renewed Community for a fourth season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The community college comedy, starring Joel McHale, will return for an abbreviated 13-episode season. Earlier Thursday, NBC granted a similar short order to 30 Rock, which will return for its seventh and final season.
The renewal news comes after a roller coaster third season. After the first 13 episodes averaged 3.67 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the adults ages 18-49 demo, NBC put the show on a three-month hiatus. However, Community jumped to 4.8 million viewers and a 2.2 rating when it returned in March. "Dear Community fans, You are the best people in the world. We're renewed for 13 eps. Couldn't have done it without you," McHale tweeted Thursday.
Community airs Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC.