An acclaimed and astonishingly durable prime-time TV show, which has already made history as the longest-running prime-time scripted show in television history, is poised to make even more history. “The Simpsons” was just picked up for its 31st and 32nd seasons, with Fox today announcing a two-season renewal for the animated show.
The renewal will bring the show to 713 episodes. The series, which has won 33 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, a 2016 People’s Choice Award and a 2016 Environmental Media Award, is currently airing its 30th season.
“It was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short ‘The Longest Daycare.'” Fox said in today’s announcement. “‘The Simpsons Movie’ was a hit feature film, the mega-attraction ‘The Simpsons Ride’ at Universal Studios has received historic expansion updates with the addition of ‘Springfield’ and the show was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. It has been named the ‘Best Show of the 20th Century’ by Time magazine and called the ‘Best TV Show Ever’ by Vulture in 2016.”
The announcement adds: “This season, ‘The Simpsons’ is averaging a 1.9/7 among Adults 18-49 and 4.8 Million Total Viewers. Through 1/20/19, ‘The Simpsons’ has a multi-platform average audience of 7.5 million Total Viewers, an +82% gain from its Live + Same Day delivery (7.5 Mil vs. 4.2 Mil). In its 30th season, the series ranks as one of the Top 5 comedies among Adults 18-49(tie) and the No. 2 comedy among Adults 18-34(tie). Among broadcast series, ‘The Simpsons’ ranks among the season’s Top 5 among Men 18-49(tie), Top 20 among Adults 18-34 and as the No. 2 broadcast series overall among Men 18-34(tie). Additionally, the ‘The Girl on the Bus’ episode (aired 1/13/19) had a 3.5 L7 rating among Adults 18-49, making it the highest-rated episode of any scripted series in that demographic on Fox this year.”
An all-new episode, “I’m Dancing as Fat as I Can,” airs this Sunday, Feb. 10 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).