Spike renews “Lip Sync Battle” for Season 3

Jeff Pfeiffer

Lip Sync Battle, the most-watched original series in Spike history, has unsurprisingly been renewed for a third season, the network announced yesterday. The new season, which will feature 20 half-hour episodes, will tape later this year, with a premiere date for Season 3 to be announced “in the near future.”

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The show, hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice –battling for bragging rights, and has been very popular. In addition to its linear success (Season 2 of Lip Sync Battle launched on Jan. 7, and through its first two episodes, it has been averaging 4.4 million viewers), the series is a digital hit, as well. Half a billion video streams have been amassed since launching last April, with over 50 million alone for the Season 2 premiere that featured Channing Tatum (pictured) vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum, with special performances by Beyoncé and Paula Abdul.

“Lip Sync Battle is a multiplatform pop-culture phenomenon that has played an integral role in delivering a new and broader audience to Spike,” says Kevin Kay, Spike president.

Season 2 of Lip Sync Battle currently airs Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT on Spike. Here’s a preview of this week’s (Jan. 21) installment of Lip Sync Battle, featuring Anthony Anderson vs. Tracee Ellis-Ross in a performance of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.”