Fans of Army Wives (and, we’re sure, its cast) let out a collective sigh of relief last week when it was announced that the show would return to Lifetime for another season.

Entertainment Weekly reported on Sept. 23 that the program was renewed for a fifth season, which will premiere in 2011. Lynette Rice wrote that “Lifetime says Wives is its most successful series in the network’s 26-year history. The drama’s fourth season averaged 3.2 million total viewers, and the season 4 finale on Aug. 22 was the program’s most watched episode of the year across all demographics, including viewers, adults 25-54, and women 18-49.”

However, there was also news that the Army Wives spin-off, Deadline, was not picked up.