How Much Longer Will 'The Simpsons' Be Around?

The Simpson'sThe Simpsons, the world's favorite dysfunctional animated family, will have their day of reckoning at some point. But that day has not arrived yet.

The Fox network, which is owned by News Corp. (NWS), announced Thursday that it was renewing the longest-running television comedy in history for a 23rd season, bringing its episode total to 515. Predictably, the show's team took the news in good humor.

"Like many 22-year-olds, The Simpsons is extremely happy remaining at home, on Fox, and hopes it doesn't have to go out into the real world for many years to come," said executive producer Al Jean in a press release. The show's cast is all signed for the next season.

All kidding aside, the renewal comes at a critical time for New York-based News Corp. As Bloomberg News recently reported, Fox lost almost 17% of its young adult viewers -- a key demographic for advertisers -- in the first five weeks of the season. The audience for The Simpsons among this demographic fell 12%, which is better than the 34% drop-off for the medical drama House. Newer shows such as Family Guy and The Cleveland Show are down 15% and 31% respectively, Bloomberg says, citing Nielsen data provided by the network. Ratings for baseball's World Series were disappointing and American Idol is expected to struggle when its newest season begins in January after the departure of Simon Cowell.

America's first animated family, though, is not giving up without a fight. Here is how the press release describes what's ahead for the show:
This season, America's favorite family continues to entertain us with their wild and outlandish adventures as Maggie goes missing, Homer becomes a premier hairdresser, Moe's Tavern is converted into an ultra-trendy bar and the family debates the best way to spend the holiday season. Guest stars paying Springfield a visit in upcoming episodes include actors Halle Berry, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Rachel Weisz, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Alyson Hannigan and Joe Mantegna; basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; lifestyle guru Martha Stewart; and pop sensation Katy Perry, who appears in a live-action sequence alongside Simpsons puppets.
Fans better hope that people tune in. Even stars of the magnitude of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie Simpson can't escape the fiscal realities of the modern media world. Though they have made their corporate masters boatloads of cash, show business is all about "what have you done for me lately."

Shows that lose audience usually get canceled. It's as simple as that. The network has not made any such suggestions but Fox executives must be contemplating what life will be like without the winner of a Peabody Award, 27 Emmy Awards, 27 Annie Awards, five Genesis Awards, nine International Monitor Awards and seven Environmental Media Awards.

It will happen one day, just not quite yet.

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vwilson793

keep showing episodes featuring lisa and it will die soon. Not funny. dont want feminism rammed down our throats. Its about the comedy stupid!

November 14 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gloria

@Muenft: How proud can you be of a country that basically has no spine and allows Wall Street and the bankers to hit the government (when Bush was still in office) up for a bailout? I'd like to see YOU fix eight years of bullshit and nonsense in two years! I'm ashamed of this country too. We used to be great once, now we're unemployed, everyone's broke, we're all fat and have health problems. America is not what it used to be and we've been sold to the moneymakers. All politicians are in bed with corporate America and you'd better learn Mandarin (although you can't seem to write clearly in English) because we'll be all working for the Chinese one day. Oh, and I hope you become seriously ill and are without health insurance...I've been on both sides of the insurance fence. Then, maybe YOU can see what it's like!

November 13 2010 at 3:57 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
muenft

Cance The Simpsns and brig on THE OBAMAS. See the wacky reverand Wright council the children on hating America. See father flanagan council the "first lady" about why she is still secretly ashamed of her country, Her frustation is showing up in her ever expanding hips. See the screw ball antics of the obama cabnit make sweeping financial decisions with absolutely no knowledge or experience at running a lemonade stand. Belly laugh at the president as he tells the nation "I will add 36 million people to the HEALTH CARE rOLLS AND IT WON;T COST A THING!! INFACT , IT WILL SaveMONEY. You will be laughing inthe isles at this comic genius.

November 13 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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muenft

You will laugh tillyou cry

November 13 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bakebooey1368

Are all republicans as illiterate as you?

November 13 2010 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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utopiansojourner

He is very educated and a worldly thinker - not illiterate at all... justs types fast and gets excited/upset as many of us do over the state of our country and the world. Peace be with us all.

September 11 2011 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
miterball

I think the reason Family Guy might be slipping in the ratings is because they keep showing re-runs and don't show any of the new episodes

November 13 2010 at 9:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lynnrobertpatton

The old loonie tune cartoons get more laughs then this brainless cartoon and I have seen better animated shows then this.

November 12 2010 at 11:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lynnrobertpatton

The old loonie tune cartoons get more laughs then this brainless cartoon and I have seen better animated shows then this.

November 12 2010 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nceisaac

Married With Children and the Simpsons is what Fox was built on,may juvenile humor live forever!!

November 12 2010 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
annedyth

I hope it's on till I retire....and then I hope to have all epitsodes on DVD!

November 12 2010 at 8:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pete

Perhaps one of the major reasons for the loss of Fox viewers is their propensity for pre-juvenile toilet "humor" and slipping in every crude and insulting vulgarity and double entrée they think they can get by with. It may be funny to Hollywood writers, but they live in a world of their own creation, and most people choose to live a more adult lifestyle.

November 12 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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nceisaac

You'r so mature and I would guess BORING!!!!

November 12 2010 at 8:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mike

I love FAMILY GUY instead. I am sick of D'HO. Or OH HOMIE.

November 12 2010 at 7:27 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply