By Lynette Rice
Updated May 04, 2012 at 04:51 PM EDT

TNT announced today that it has picked up a fifth season of Southland, the cop drama from John Wells.

The order is for 10 episodes that will begin airing next February.

“Season after season, critics and fans alike have championed TNT’s Southland as one of television’s best dramas,” said Michael Wright, TNT’s head of programming, in a statement. “This year, the show has not only solidified its impassioned fan base, but also picked up some new young-adult devotees along the way.”

The drama stars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie. During its fourth season, Southland averaged more than 2.9 million viewers while its median age (48) was two years younger than the previous year.