Despite declining ratings, FOX has renewed musical-drama/comedy, Glee, for two more seasons .
After spending two seasons on Tuesday, FOX shifted Glee to Thursdays and gave it the lead in of both The X Factor (fall) and American Idol (midseason). It hasn’t done huge numbers behind either and averages somewhere between a 2.0 and 2.5 demo for each of its episodes this season.
Even though the numbers are a fraction of what they used to be, FOX clearly sees more potential by giving it an additional two seasons. The renewal will take Glee through the 2014-2015 television season (or the shows sixth season).
Here is the press release from FOX:
“Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” said Reilly. “Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire Glee team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show – and I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.”
“GLEE has been a signature series for the studio since its launch four years ago and we couldn’t be happier that FOX has ordered two more seasons,” commented Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Ryan, Brad, Ian and Dante have created something that is far larger than a television show; it’s a global entertainment brand which continues to touch millions around the world. From its chart-topping musical numbers to its inventive storytelling and rich, complex characters, GLEE rewrote the rules of what network television could be, and we are enormously proud to be the studio behind it.”
“I am very grateful to Kevin, Dana and Gary for their incredible support of this series from the beginning,” added Murphy. “But I also want to thank our loyal audience, whose passion and enthusiasm continue to amaze and inspire us.”