Despite a dip in the ratings, "Dallas" will be back for a third season on TNT, even without J.R. Ewing.

The cable network announced on Tuesday that "Dallas" will return in early 2014 with 15 new episodes.

"'Dallas' has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven storylines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations," said Michael Wright, programming chief for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. "Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, 'Dallas' has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.'s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted."

The second season of "Dallas" averaged 3.8 million viewers in Live+7 figures, including 1.4 million in the 18-49 demographic. That's a slight drop-off from the numbers for Season 1.

"Dallas" producers and writers were forced to pull of a last-minute restructuring of the Season 2 narrative when Hagman died in November.