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Heroes to get fourth season

Heroes: Season 2

Story by Jack Foley

TV hit Heroes will return for a fourth season despite a continuing decline in audience figures in America.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC executive Angela Bromstad confirmed that the network planned to order between 18 and 20 new episodes, taking the show into 2010.

Heroes, which follows the adventures of a series of characters with powers including regeneration and telepathy, became a massive hit during its debut season, peaking with nearly 14 million viewers during season one in 2006.

But ratings in the US have currently dipped to 8.5 million as the show reaches the midway point in its third season, which is still being screened in America.

After its first season, the show won a Golden Globe and a People’s Choice Award for favourite new TV drama, but the second season divided fans with many complaining it had lost the plot.

The show is currently being aired on BBC2 on Monday nights in the UK.