ABC Family has announced that Baby Daddy has been renewed for a fifth season, which is likely to premiere in early 2016. An episode count for season five has yet to be confirmed. “Comedy is an important part of ABC Family’s make-up,” said Karey Burke, executive vp programming and development at ABC Family. “We’re excited to see where Dan takes these lovable characters and look forward to more great comedy from the cast.” The news of Baby Daddy‘s renewal comes after ABC Family opted to cancel fellow Wednesday comedy Melissa & Joey in the middle of its fourth season. The reason for that surprise cancellation is that the network is looking to move away from the family and teen audience; instead, ABC Family will be looking to court female viewers in their 20s with comedies like Baby Daddy and Young & Hungry, the latter set to return for its second season next month. Currently the second longest tenured series on the network, Baby Daddy certainly helped its case for renewal by posting one-year highs during its current run of episodes, meaning that the show might be strong enough to anchor Wednesdays once Melissa & Joey signs off for good. For a network in transition, lead-ins are extremely valuable, so for at least one more season, Baby Daddy is an indispensable part of the ABC Family lineup.