In a press release, the public broadcasting service also revealed details of the show's move from its weekend schedule to a new weekday slot after a surge in ratings.
PBS' General Manager of Children's Programming, Lesli Rotenberg explained the move.
Thomas will join other PBS Kids favorites including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Dinosaur Train and Super Why! as part of our children’s programming lineup.
Hit Entertainment's Group Director for American Broadcasts, Claudia Scott-Hansen shared a similar response.
The popularity of the Thomas & Friends series is at an all-time high, and we expect this move to continue the momentum of the brand.
The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends begins airing on PBS Kids on October 7th 2013.
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