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Walt Disney Co. announced that it will produce a fourth season of its animated series Kim Possible, following a passionate campaign by viewers to reverse a long-standing company policy that limits the lifespan of an animated property to 65 episodes, or three seasons.

The “Save Kim Possible” movement, which included petitions to former Disney chairman and CEO Michael Eisner and an online write-in campaign, may have been enough to have helped nudge the Mouse to decide to re-up the series for another 22 new episodes.

The show’s ratings were likely a deciding factor as well. Always a top draw on Disney Channel, Toon Disney and the ABC Kids daytime programming block, a special film version of the series, Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama, was cable’s top-rated program April 8 among key kids’ demos, earning a 3.6 household rating and drawing 3.1 million viewers for its April 8, 2005 premiere.