The Fox network gave "Glee" fans something to sing about on Friday as it renewed the musical comedy for not one, but two seasons.
The surprise announcement put to rest recent speculation that "Glee" may be nearing the end of its run.
"'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 Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly in a statement. "Week in and week out, (producers) 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."
Co-creator Murphy thanked the network and studio along with "our loyal audience, whose passion and enthusiasm continue to amaze and inspire us."
"Glee" is averaging 8.7 million viewers this season, including DVR viewing delayed up to seven days. It managed to survive a structural revamp that had several key characters leaving high school, forcing the show to swivel between Ohio and New York. It also continues to draw solid ratings despite steep decline in its lead-in show, "American Idol."