You read that right, folks. FOX has renewed The Simpsons for Seasons 27 and 28. According to Hollywood Reporter, “With the additional season order, the animated family comedy following the misadventures of Homer, Bart and company will reach a staggering 625 total issues.”
That’s a lot of nuts!
At this point, there’s no question the long-running comedy series is running on steam, but after hitting a bit of a slump in the early 2000’s, the show has somehow managed to find a level of consistency in its more recent years.
You’d think that after all this time and with all the other animated competition on TV, The Simpsons would be on its way out, but this doesn’t seem to be the case in the slightest. Deadline reports, “This season, The Simpsons is averaging a 2.7 among Adults 18-49 – steady year-over-year in the core demo and total viewers (6 mil). Over 30 days, The Simpsons delivers an average audience of 7.7 million across platforms, up 45% from its Live+Same Day viewership (7.7 mil vs. 5.3 mil).”
And how exactly has America’s favorite family managed to become the longest running primetime scripted series of all time? According to Homer Simpson, “I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction.”