ION Renews 'Flashpoint' Drama For Season 5

ION Television has renewed its original police drama "Flashpoint" for a fifth season. The network is picking up 13 more episodes, set to begin filming in February 2012.

"Flashpoint" joined ION's primetime schedule in October 2011 after the network acquired all episodes from Seasons 1-3, along with all 11 original episodes in Season 4.

Since its debut on ION, the procedural drama's December 27 episode received its highest ratings ever among the network’s key demos, including the 25 to 54 (869,000), women 25 to 54 (566,000) and total viewers (2.1 million).

"We are delighted with how Flashpoint continues to resonate with fans in the U.S. and we look forward to creating another season of compelling and engaging episodes for them to enjoy," the show's executive producers Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos said in a press statement.

The drama, which follows an elite force in Toronto that deals with hostage standoffs and other crisis situations, stars Hugh Dillon, Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau, Sergio Di Zio and Clé Bennett.