MATT LeBLANC's sitcom JOEY has been renewed for another season despite its sliding ratings.

Bosses at American TV network NBC had hoped LeBlanc's FRIENDS spin-off would hold 70 per cent of the old show's audience on Thursday nights.

Instead, it has kept only 60 per cent and the network has acknowledged creative problems with the show.

But citing the charismatic star and cast chemistry, bosses at NBC say the show - which also stars DREA DE MATTEO - will almost certainly be back next year (06).

22/01/2005 02:41