That will make 10 seasons for “Family Guy” — and seven since it was brought back from the dead in 2005. The show, which was previously picked up for 2011-12, concludes its eighth season on May 22 with the third of its “Star Wars” parodies, the “Return of the Jedi”-skewering “It’s a Trap!”
“The Cleveland Show,” meanwhile, was picked up for a third season way back last summer, so this renewal gives the green light for Season 4. The renewals ensure that both shows will stay on the air through 2012-13.
“For nine seasons, our viewers have been cracked up, delighted, surprised and, at times, gloriously disturbed by the mind of [‘Family Guy’ creator] Seth MacFarlane — and they keep coming back for more,” FOX Entertainment president Kevin Reilly says. “The Griffins and the Browns have become cornerstones of our Sunday nights, and we can’t wait to find out what new adventures Seth, [‘Cleveland’ exec producers] Mike [Henry] and Rich [Appel] cook up for them next season.”
For the 2010-11 season, “Family Guy” is averaging 7.8 million viewers and a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49, while “The Cleveland Show” draws 6.2 million viewers and 3.0 in the demo.